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Biomedical scientists at Lancashire hospitals strike o...

Biomedical scientists at Lancashire hospitals strike over imposed working conditions

28 August 2013

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. 

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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.