Co-op contract workers and strike
Focus on co-ops and on the weapon of strike
Cleaning contractor workers, mostly female, are the weakest link in a health care system which has been turning into a business, where work hours are exhausting and the various roles (janitors, nurses, doctors) are forced to comply with exhausting productivity levels, to the exclusive advantage of health care managers and contractors.
The Italian cleaning workers are on strike in Pisa, Torino and Brescia, protesting against working conditions which are everyday closer to slavery. The constant drive towards a higher productivity level and the budget cuts on materials and instruments, both in the public and in the private sector, are creating job places where infections, stress and work-related illnesses are increasingly frequent.
Whenever the contractor changes, these workers face the threat of losing their jobs. Often their wage is so low that they simply cannot live by it. Strike is the most powerful weapon to win their struggle.
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