Hospital workers, cabin crew and bank workers in ‘hat-...

Hospital workers, cabin crew and bank workers in ‘hat-trick’ of London protests

02 August 2017

Striking hospital workers, cabin crew and Bank of England staff will be coming together for a series of protests in London tomorrow (Thursday 3 August) to highlight their fight for better pay.

The Unite members from Barts Health NHS Trust, British Airways mixed fleet and the Bank of England, who are all separately taking industrial action, will be coming together under the banner of ‘London United’ in a show of solidarity.

The ‘hat-trick’ of protests starts at 08:00 (full details below) outside JP Morgan where Serco will present its half year results to investors. 

Unite members employed by Serco as domestic staff, porters and security workers at Barts Health NHS Trust are battling for a 30 pence an hour increase. The workers are currently taking part in a 14-day strike that started on 25 July. It follows an earlier 48 hour stoppage and seven day walkout in July. 

Workers will then move on to the Civil Aviation Authority for a protest at 11:00 over the approval for British Airways to ‘wet lease’ nine Qatar Airways’ aircraft to cover striking cabin crew on British Airways’ mixed fleet. 

Unite argues that the approval breaks regulations covering the wet leasing of aircraft. Unite cabin crew members working for British Airways will be taking their 58th day of strike action tomorrow in their fight against poverty pay and the sanctioning of striking cabin crew. For more information on the British Airways dispute please see here. 

The protests conclude at 13:00 with a rally outside the Bank of England, where workers are striking for the first time in 50 years. The dispute centres on the imposition of a derisory below inflation pay offer and the refusal of management to engage in meaningful negotiations with Unite over the pay deal for the second year running. Tomorrow sees the final day of a three day strike by workers in maintenance, parlours and security departments. 

Full details of tomorrow’s protests are as follows:

  • 08:00 – Serco shareholder meeting, JP Morgan, 60 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0JP.
  • 11:00 – Civil Aviation Authority, 45-59 Kingsway, WC2B 6TE.
  • 13:00 – Rally at the Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AH.


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.