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Bio-medics in Lancashire vote for third strike

BIOMEDICAL scientists in Lancashire have voted for a third wave of strike action over pay.

The scientists, who are members of Unite, say that East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust owes them up to £8,000 in back pay.

However, the trust disputes the claim by the staff, whose work includes testing blood samples. 

The scientists, who work at two hospitals in Blackburn and Burnley, have staged strikes from May 31 to July 28 and August 20 to November 11. 

The next strike will be launched on December 15 and ends on March 8 next year.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The trust now has a short window of opportunity to finally resolve this dispute. 

“We hope management at the trust can find enough seasonal good will to honour their agreement with the scientists.”

The trust said it had taken legal advice and was under no obligation to pay the scientists, and that payment of back pay would be “inappropriate.”


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