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Devon hospital workers strike back

by Dave Clinch
Issue No. 2184

Hospital workers picketing in the snow last week

Hospital workers picketing in the snow last week

Over 200 low paid hospital workers took two days of strike action last week following the refusal of their employers, Sodexo and the local NHS trust, to implement a pay agreement dating back to 2006.

During the day, with heavy snow falling, nearly all strikers came to the picket line.

Some workers defied the treacherous wintry conditions by walking to the hospital – some more than six miles – to take their places on the picket line.

Local Unison union branch chair (Health) Mark Harper said, “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 in support of the dispute will take place on Saturday, from 12.30pm, Barnstaple Town Square.

Messages of support and financial donations can be sent to the branch at Unison branch, North Devon District Hospital, Suite 2, Munro House, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple EX31 4JB. Email [email protected]

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Tue 12 Jan 2010, 18:09 GMT
Issue No. 2184
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