HEALTH workers in Liverpool are calling on councillors who are meeting today to back their fight against a privateer’s attack on their sick pay.
Hundreds of cleaners, cooks and other ancillary workers at the city’s Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University hospitals had their jobs transferred to notorious outsourcing firm ISS under the government’s enforcement of contracting out of public services.
The transnational corporation abolished the workers’ sick pay scheme — which gives sick workers six months on full pay and six months on half pay — and said sick pay would be limited to 12 days a year.
Workers with long-term and possibly terminal illnesses will have their pay stopped, warned union Unite, which is campaigning against the heartless policy.
Liverpool Council will debate a motion calling on ISS to restore the former sick pay scheme.
ISS has repeatedly refused to meet Unite officials.
Unite regional officer Keith Hutson said: “This is not just about workers at ISS being treated as second-class citizens — they are being denied access to a humane sick-pay scheme while working at a hospital, of all places.
“The ISS sick-pay policy means the most seriously ill — suffering from illnesses like cancer, heart problems or physical injuries — are faced with the unacceptable choice of either working when unfit to do so or facing severe financial difficulties.
“Stripping workers of their dignity does nothing to help the workforce or the hospital, and we hope the council will support the workforce and call for the reinstatement of the original scheme.”