CLEANING workers at Barnsley District Hospital are to hold a ballot for industrial action over pay. The workers are employed by the private firm Initial Hospital Services, which made £2.3 million last year. It is owned by one of the main corporations that run hospital cleaning services in the NHS, Rentokil-Initial.
These firms' exploitation of low paid workers has sparked a wave of disputes among cleaning workers in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Goole, Bolton and several parts of east London in the last year. Now more than 200 workers in Barnsley, members of the GMB union, are beginning a fightback. The workers were enraged when management announced that an annual attendance bonus wouldn't be paid, as is usual, before Christmas.