Hundreds of key NHS workers, employed by the giant outsourcing company, Serco, have voted for industrial action across Barts Health NHS Trust in a battle against low pay and exploitation.

Unless there is an agreement on pay and conditions, strikes will be set for January 2022.

The workers are fed up with Serco management's bullying and exploitation. The staff are fighting back against the draconian use of the company's sickness and disciplinary policies, bullying by management and unmanageable workloads. Barts NHS Trust also bear responsibly for the workers' treatment because it awarded Serco the contract and has the power to intervene.

Unite regional officer Tabusam Ahmed said: "Barts Health NHS Trust need to bring these workers, employed by Serco not the NHS, back in-house. They have had enough of poverty pay and intimidation. Serco workers are exposed to the same risks as NHS-employed staff but they are paid much less and treated disgracefully."