AROUND 150 ancillary workers in the UNISON union at the new PFI hospital in Carlisle have voted by three to one to strike against the conditions offered by the Interserve private company they work for.
They are demanding pay parity with NHS staff. This would mean an immediate 25 percent pay rise and all new starters on the same conditions. The union has a meeting with management on Monday, and the first half-day strike is due to take place the next day. Workers in the GMB union have also voted to strike.