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Cleaning strike called of at Neath Port Talbot Hospital after offer

Issue No. 2048

A strike by cleaning staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital has been called off after a last minute offer. Staff were due to walk out last week for two days over cuts in cleaning at the hospital which they feared would endanger patients.

The 147 cleaners had already struck for one day.

The threat of further action forced contractor OCS to increase the cleaning staffing hours. However, the deal has not met the workers’ demands, and many remain sceptical about the hygiene standards.

Senior managers drafted in to cover during the strike were criticised by patients.

Patient Sandra Williams, aged 63, spent 19 days at the hospital for a knee operation.

“The money spent on cover staff would have been better spent on extra hours for staff in the hospital to keep it spick and span,” she told the South Wales Evening Post.

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Tue 24 Apr 2007, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2048
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