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Solid strike of North Devon health workers despite the snow

by Dave Clinch
Issue No. 2183

Picketing hospital domestics, catering staff and porters in North Devon didn

Picketing hospital domestics, catering staff and porters in North Devon didn't let a little snow stop them picketing in support of their two-day strike, this Tuesday and Wednesday

Over 200 low paid hospital workers started two days of strike action on Tuesday, following the refusal of their employer Sodexo and the local NHS trust to implement a pay agreement dating back to 2006. During the day, with heavy snow falling, nearly all of those on strike attended the picket.

Local Unison Branch Chair (Health), Mark Harper says, “Unless there is a significant shift from the employer and the Healthcare Trust then more strike action will take place. The funds were allocated to pay our members. North Devon Healthcare Trust is one of only a few NHS Trusts not to implement the agreement.”

He added “Unfortunately the employer is bringing in scab labour from Hillingdon Hospital to try to undermine the strike.”

The support locally has been excellent. A rally is also being planned. Arrangements for donations are also being made. Details to follow

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Wed 6 Jan 2010, 15:01 GMT
Issue No. 2183
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