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Issue No. 1724

NHS

SOME 150 low paid hospital workers at Stobhill in Glasgow walked out of work for three and half hours on Friday of last week.

The dispute blew up after cleaners, porters and ancillary staff were underpaid due to a computer error. Bateman Healthcare, which is responsible for the cleaning in the hospital, also runs the computer system.

The hospital recently hit the headlines after an outbreak of the MRSA superbug. This outbreak is a direct result of cutbacks in spending that have hit cleaning and hygiene.

The cock-up in wages was the last straw for the low paid staff, who are mainly UNISON members. The workers' protest strike brought the trust management to their knees.

One hospital worker told Socialist Worker, "They were begging us to go back to work." In solidarity, staff not affected by the dispute turned down cash bribes and refused to do the jobs of those on strike.

Management have now agreed to sort out the workers' wages and not to dock any pay for the strike.

Carolyn Leckie, UNISON rep at Stobhill, told Socialist Worker, "Workers are pleased with their victory but are rightly demanding that Bateman Healthcare, along with other private contractors, are booted out of the NHS."



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Sat 25 Nov 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1724
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