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OCS 'supermop' leads to NHS walk-out

Issue No. 2047

Cleaners and catering staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital in Wales went on strike for 24 hours last Wednesday in protest at a decrease in working hours.

The 140 workers, contracted by OCS Ltd, say they have been told their hours are to be slashed.

The workers, members of the Unison union, say OCS has decided to cut the hours worked at the hospital each week by its members from 2,770 to 2,555.

The union say the decision was made despite a report from an independent assessor which recommended the weekly hours needed to keep the hospital clean should be increased to 2,968 hours.

Sandra Miller from Unison said, “OCS Ltd management have ridiculously said the cuts in staffing hours can be implemented because they have issued new mops.

“They should be taking notice of the independent assessors who based their weekly cleaning hours on the staffing hours within the other hospitals in Wales.”

Senior mangers from OCS were drafted in to do the cleaning during the strike.

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Tue 17 Apr 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2047
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