Biomedical scientists working at the Royal Preston and Chorley hospitals will stage a 24-hour strike this week in an escalating dispute over imposed working conditions.
The strike will run for 24 hours starting 08:00 on Friday morning (30 August) until 08:00 on Saturday (31 August).
Unite, the country's largest union, said the dispute centres on the trust’s forced implementation of working conditions which do not provide a robust service. These changes will also mean staff (who examine patients’ blood samples) could be called into work at a moment’s notice and with insufficient staff to adequately cover shifts.
Unite regional officer Steve Davies said: “Our members are extremely angry that managers have failed to understand the gravity of the issues and the impact they have had on our members working conditions – which due to staff leaving are even worse.
“They do not want to go on strike – but if the trust is not taking our members’ concerns seriously – they are left with little choice but to take strike action this Friday.
“We’re calling on the trust to listen to us, work with us, to reach a settlement to the dispute for our members and patient safety.”
A typical biomedical scientist earns between £21,000-£35,000-a-year and will have a university degree, plus additional post-graduate training.
For further information please contact Steve Davies on 07960 091904 or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931316.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.