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Thursday 22nd
posted by Morning Star in Britain

ANCILLARY staff at top London hospitals are set to strike for almost a month in demand of a “fair and proper pay rise.”

Cleaners, porters and security guards working at four hospitals run by Barts Health NHS Trust say their living standards have dropped “year on year” and are demanding a 30p-per-hour pay rise.

In a ballot, 99 per cent of the workforce voted for strike action, with the first walkout to start on July 4.

Unite official Gloria Sindall said: “Low-paid cleaners, porters and security staff have voted for strike action by a massive majority because they have seen their real living standards drop year on year.

“Serco made over £80 million in profit last year but managers are refusing to share these earnings fairly and protect the living standards of the workers.”

The workers, at St Barts, the Royal London, Mile End and Whipps Cross hospitals, are currently paid between £9.75 and £10.80 an hour, according to the union.

Reps also say that workloads have hugely increased and are now “unsustainable.”

Serco said pay rises had been at least “in line with that for NHS staff” and said there would be “robust plans” put in place for hospitals to run as normal.

Unite members will walk out for three days on Tuesday July 4, followed by a seven day stoppage from July 11, and then a 14 day walkout from July 25.
If their demands are not met, the workers could strike again in August and September.