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Southampton NHS cleaners strike over cuts to sick pay

Issue No. 2237

Cleaners in Southampton NHS trust struck on Monday of this week against plans to cut their sick pay. This is the third strike in six weeks at Southampton General Hospital.

The ten-hour strike was planned to coincide with the Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust board meeting.

Picket lines were held at every entrance of the hospital in a bid to force trust members to come face to face with Unison members.

Management at the Medirest firm have failed to pay the agreed NHS rates even though they have been funded to by national government for the past four years.

Some 400 theatre nurses are to be balloted over unnegotiated changes to their rotas. The Unison union says that the rota changes would mean pay cuts, night duty for day shift workers and penalise those with children.

Ambulance workers in the Bristol area postponed plans for industrial action last week after their employers, Great Western Ambulance Service, made a legal challenge.

Paramedics and other frontline ambulance staff were due to start their work-to-rule on Thursday. They now plan to reissue a seven day notice of their action.

Members of the Unison union are angry at imposed changes to their shift patterns, which will affect the health and safety of staff and the public.

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Tue 1 Feb 2011, 17:11 GMT
Issue No. 2237
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