Unison members at two South Buckinghamshire hospitals have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The predominantly low paid porters, domestic and catering workers employed by the Medirest group are demanding nationally agreed conditions. They voted by over 90 percent for strikes, and expect to take action before New Year.
Medirest at Bucks Healthcare Trust are refusing to honour the “Agenda for Change” agreement that governs pay and conditions for most NHS workers.
This is despite the firm accepting the agreement at other trusts where it has contracts.
Bosses claim that they have no money to pay the workers, despite Medirest’s parent company, Compass, making over £800 million in profits last year.
With Christmas putting low paid workers under extra financial pressure, it is vital that strikers receive the full backing of the trade union movement.
Please send donations and messages of support to: Bucks Health Unison, c/o union offices, Tindal Centre, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22. Make cheques payable to Bucks Health Unison Hardship Fund