The need to halt and reverse privatisation was underlined by the continued fight by staff employed by contractor Compass at NHS trusts in St Helens and Blackpool, who are fighting to reverse the company’s failure to match NHS pay rates and working conditions.

On October 22 a coachload of striking Compass workers travelled to the company’s Chertsey headquarters to urge their employer to pay them the same as their NHS colleagues.

Most Compass employees are on the minimum wage (£8.21 an hour), yet work alongside staff  employed directly by the NHS, where the lowest hourly rate is £9.03. This difference of 82p an hour is worth around £1,500 a year.

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