The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Good Chance of Getting Sick

Nov 9, 2009

Public health officials tell us that swine flu is particularly contagious and that anyone who has it should stay home.

Agreed! But how? An estimated 40% of private sector jobs have no paid sick time. A survey last year said two out of three sick workers without sick pay went to work.

Not only don’t a lot of companies pay for sick days, many companies penalize anyone who takes the sick days they have.

We should stay home when we are sick! And get paid! A real public health system, faced with an epidemic, would require every employer to act accordingly.