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Serco staff at Barts NHS Trust demand pay justice

Serco workers at Barts NHS Trust demand pay justice

09 May 2018

WHAT: Pay protest at Barts Trust board meeting
WHERE: Princess Alexandra House, Ashfield Street, Royal London Hospital E1 1BB
WHEN: Wednesday 9 May 2018,10.15

Low paid NHS workers employed by Serco at Barts NHS Trust, will stage a protest at the Trust’s board meeting today (Wednesday 9 May) to demand that Barts and Serco fund a pay rise which mirrors the pay deal being offered to NHS employees.

Thousands of low paid workers in the NHS are being offered a pay rise of over £2,000 a year in cash terms in the first year of a three year deal. Workers employed by Serco at Barts Health NHS Trust are demanding the same pay increase. 

If agreed NHS workers in London will get at least £10.83 an hour next year. Serco workers on £10.20 an hour are demanding the same. 

It’s an injustice that cleaners, porters, security guards and patient caterers employed by Serco, who keep these London hospitals safe and clean, are getting less than other NHS workers at the same hospitals.

Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon said: “Over a thousand low paid workers vital to maintaining a clean and safe health service are demanding fair pay and dignity at work. It’s an injustice health workers employed by Serco, who keep these London hospitals safe and clean, are being offered less than other NHS workers at the same hospitals.

“It’s time to end poverty pay for NHS workers employed by private contractors. Serco workers should get the same increase as their colleagues to help pay for the high cost of housing and transport in London. Workers employed by Serco at Barts are demanding pay justice.”

1,600 Serco workers at St Barts, Royal London, Whipps Cross, Mile End and Newham are demanding the same pay deal as NHS workers. 

ENDS 

For more information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 

  • 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.