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Low paid NHS workers strike back

by Raymie Kiernan and BobNoyes
Issue No. 2233

Low paid NHS workers in Buckinghamshire and Hampshire struck for 48 hours from Wednesday 15 December against their bosses’ refusal to honour nationally agreed conditions.

Around 150 domestics, porters and catering staff employed by Medirest at Amersham and Wycombe hospitals in Buckinghamshire walked out. A similar number in Southampton joined them.

The workers, who are members of the Unison union, are angry at their employers’ refusal to honour the ‘Agenda for Change’ contract that applies to most NHS staff.

A striker from Amersham told Socialist Worker, “The company refuses to pay us proper sick pay, so we decided to stand up to them.

“The bosses say they have no money but that’s simply not true. We are suffering while they are making millions in profit.”

In Southampton, strikers held a noisy rally and marched to the Trust offices.

Jo, a demonstrator, said public support for the strikers was overwhelming.

“One of our domestics started a petition. Soon had five pages of signatures from patients, visitors and staff.”

Send donations and messages of support to: Bucks Health Unison, c/o union offices, Tindal Centre, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22


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Tue 4 Jan 2011, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2233
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