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Hospital workers

Issue No. 1871

CLEANERS AT Derriford hospital in Plymouth are in dispute with their employers, ISS Mediclean, over pay and conditions. Only two out of some 200 union members voted no when they were balloted on whether they wanted to take action at Derriford hospital. They are demanding that they should get the same pay as staff employed directly by the NHS.

Some workers are paid as little as £4.45 an hour by ISS Mediclean. Directors of the company earn 50 times more than the cleaners who work for them. The huge Danish-owned ISS group, which operates in 38 different countries, made £200 million last year and is ranked in the ten biggest employers in Europe. It specialises in running privatised public services.

Workers in Hairmyres, Scotland, and Swansea have both taken strike action against ISS Mediclean over pay.

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Sat 4 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1871
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