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Medirest strikers determined to keep fighting

by BobNoyes
Issue No. 2243

Medirest striking

Medirest striking

Angry Medirest workers in the Unison union at Southampton general hospital are holding a three-day strike this week. It follows a three-day strike last week.

The low paid porters, cleaners, catering and domestic staff are angry about the firm’s refusal to pay outstanding back pay since 2006.

Jo Spear, a Unison rep, told Socialist Worker, “We are determined to keep fighting.”

Workers want to know what has happened to the money paid to the Trust since 2006 that should have been paid to Medirest to cover sick and holiday pay.

Strikers are also protesting about conditions and training: “Our mops are filthy, so are the cleaning cloths. I wouldn’t use them in my own home and we’re cleaning a hospital!”

Workers have organised two coaches to the 26 March protest against the cuts. Strikers say their message is: “We’ll go on striking until we’ve won. No attacks on the NHS.”

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Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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