Security staff at Southampton General Hospital, who have been attacked in the A&E department, have voted to accept a new offer covering pay, sick pay and new protective equipment.
Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, which represents the 21 security staff, today (Thursday 6 June) hailed the settlement with the employer Mitie Security Ltd as ‘an important victory and a strong demonstration of worker solidarity’.
The plight of the security staff, who have been attacked on a regular basis by members of the public either under the influence of drink or drugs, or with mental health problems, attracted national media attention. There had been a lack of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as stab vests and safety restraints.
Unite lead officer for health in the south east Scott Kemp said: “Unite is pleased to announce that our security staff at Southampton General Hospital have accepted a package that includes increased pay rates, improved sick pay arrangements, and new PPE equipment.
“We regard this as an important victory which demonstrates the strong solidarity shown by our members during this long-running dispute and, also, more widely, the support they received from the local community.
“We hope this settlement heralds a new era of constructive employment relations with Mitie Security going forward.”  
The package includes:

  • A 14.5 per cent pay increase for security officers, which takes their hourly rate up to £9.50 an hour. The increase is backdated to 1 May 2019.
  • A seven per cent uplift for security supervisors, which takes their hourly rate up to £10.50 an hour, also from 1 May 2019.
  • An increase to three months full-pay followed by three months half-pay when members are injured carrying out their duties. This 500 per cent increase to the current arrangements will be phased in between now and 2021.
  • All the PPE requested is in the process of being introduced, which includes stab vests, the increased use of leg restraints, and the introduction of wrist restraints. Unite will also have reps involved in the investigations carried out when members are injured at work.
  • A new recognition agreement between Unite and Mitie Security.

The security staff took two days of strike action at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on Good Friday and 5 April.


Notes to editors: 

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065 - Email: [email protected]

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