El Milagro Tortilla Workers Walk Out to Demand Fair Wages & Workload Amid Staff Shortage, COVID Deaths

We go to Chicago for an update on workers at El Milagro tortilla plants who staged a temporary walkout last week to protest low pay, staff shortages and abusive working conditions, including intimidation and sexual harassment. El Milagro claims an ongoing tortilla shortage is due to supply chain issues, but organizers say the company has …
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‘It’s your fault if I die’ – NHS staff recount abuse from patients

Support us and go ad-free NHS staff have published a video revealing the abuse they’ve received from patients, including slurs, swearing, racial abuse, and threats of legal action. Abused for caring The 90-second video by NHS Lanarkshire begins with a montage showing people clapping in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic when health …
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Union: ‘catastrophic’ backlog at DVLA is due to staff being put ‘at risk’

Support us and go ad-free A “catastrophic” backlog in processing driving licences is due to management decisions which “put people at risk”, MPs have heard. Risk in the workplace Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) which represents the workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) offices in …
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Upgrading PPE for staff on Covid wards ‘dramatically cut infections’

Support us and go ad-free An NHS hospital which upgraded the type of face masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards saw a dramatic fall in hospital-acquired coronavirus infections among those workers, by up to 100%, research has indicated. Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge upgraded the masks used by staff on Covid-19 wards from fluid resistant …
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New report says NHS and social care staff burnout at ’emergency’ level

NHS and social care staff burnout has reached an “emergency” level and poses a risk to the future of services, MPs have warned. Burned out In a highly critical report, the Health and Social Care Committee called for immediate action to support exhausted staff who have worked throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but pointed to …
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NHS staff ‘terrified’ of end to coronavirus restrictions while experts urge delay

Easing coronavirus restrictions too soon will be a “recipe for disaster”, a doctor has warned. It comes amid concerns for an NHS already struggling with a backlog of non-coronavirus patients. Several frontline NHS workers have expressed fears about the impact of reopening in the coming weeks. Some described the health service as still “on its …
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Nurse who looked after PM quits over government’s ‘lack of respect’ for NHS staff

A nurse who looked after Boris Johnson when he was seriously ill with coronavirus (Covid-19) has resigned, citing the government’s 1% pay offer and its lack of respect for the profession. Betrayal Jenny McGee, who cared for Johnson in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London, told how she found him in April …
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Fresh strikes by DVLA staff in coronavirus-safety dispute

We need your help … The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world, fast. And we will do all we can to keep bringing you news and analysis throughout. But we are worried about maintaining enough income to pay our staff and minimal overheads. Now, more than ever, we need a vibrant, independent media that holds …
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Don’t hate HMRC staff over their 13% pay rise

People have been reacting to the news that the government is giving some HMRC staff a pay rise. Understandably, they’ve been making comparisons to NHS staff’s 1% increase. But as some people have said on social media – we shouldn’t begrudge HMRC staff a decent raise. That 13% HMRC pay rise The FDA is the …
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Care home group considering if staff without vaccine can work with residents

One of the UK’s largest care home providers has said it is considering whether staff who have refused a vaccine for non-medical reasons can continue in roles where they are in contact with residents. Barchester Healthcare, which runs more than 200 care homes, said it is considering an option where staff make themselves “unavailable for …
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