EDINBURGH MAY DAY ONLINE RALLY
Saturday, May 1st, 13.00-14.30
To register for the rally go to-
EDINBURGH KILL THE BILL DEMO, 1.5.21, 15.30
at the Pavilion on The Meadows
(social distancing will be observed)
Edinburgh RIC has also received this May Day statement
from Dumfries Trade Union Council
May 1st – International Workers’ Memorial Day
Open Letter to Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State for Scotland
Dumfries & Galloway TUC decided to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day by writing to you as the Scottish representative of the UK Conservative Government.
Three consecutive governments (those of David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson) have imposed austerity on the UK. For the NHS the strict budgetary controls had the effect of preventing the updating and replenishment of stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
This was your government’s responsibility, as the Scottish Government’s website makes clear: “Prior to Covid-19 the purchase (of PPE) was carried out by the UK Department for Health and Social Care with a Scottish allocation.” (https://www.gov.scot/publications/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-covid-19-scotlands-action-plan/pages/3/)
The result was catastrophic for workers ( those who your Government clapped and called “heroes”) in the NHS and social care.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), between 9th March and 28th December 2020, 414 healthcare workers and 469 workers in social care died from Covid-19. (These figures are just for England and Wales – separate figures for Scotland are not published by occupation.)
In addition to these preventable deaths, many thousands of health and social care workers have been off work with Covid-19, due to the PPE shortages in the first wave of the pandemic.
There was a further insult to NHS and care workers in the panicked response to these shortages. Your Prime Minister presided over a system of procurement that squandered billions of pounds of public funds on Conservative donors and supporters who were given deliberate preferential access to NHS contracts for PPE and the pitiful “test and trace” system in England.
Conservative austerity should be inscribed as a principal contributory cause of death on a lasting memorial to the workers who have died caring for others in hospitals, care homes and the community.
John Dennis, Secretary Dumfries TUC