TECHNICIANS AT one of Britain's biggest PFI hospitals, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, walked out on Friday of last week. The workers, members of the Unison union, were furious after being told by their trust bosses that their jobs could be sold off to a private company.
The privatisation threat came despite the fact that less than two weeks ago the chair of the trust had congratulated the technicians for ensuring that the new PFI hospital was up and running. As one worker put it, 'One week they pat you on the back, and the next it's a stab in the back.'
Meanwhile in Glasgow porters at Southern General Hospital are threatening to walk out over the refusal of their private bosses, Mitie Olscot, to pay them a rise.
HEALTH WORKERS in North Lincolnshire have voted overwhelmingly to accept a pay offer from their bosses, the giant Carillion firm. The workers voted by 89 percent to accept the offer which is for £4.75 an hour, along with a limited bonus and sick pay scheme.