CLEANERS, porters and security staff went on strike yesterday at four London hospitals in the latest action in a long-running dispute over pay.
Unite members working for multinational outfit Serco walked out at St Barts NHS Trust in the first of a seven-day strike.
The action follows a 48-hour stoppage last week involving around 700 staff which Unite described as the biggest strike in the NHS this year.
Workers are demanding a 3 per cent pay rise, the equivalent of 30p an hour.
Unite national officer Colenzo Jarret-Thorpe said: “Low-paid workers who keep our hospitals clean, safe and running smoothly are not prepared to get poorer while the multimillion-pound privateer Serco rakes in millions.
“Last week’s industrial action was solidly supported and they are determined to get a decent pay increase of an extra 30p per hour.”
Strikers and supporters will meet at the Royal London Hospital at 12pm on Saturday for a rally and will march to St Bart’s Hospital.
A 14-day stoppage is planned for July 25 if the dispute is not resolved.