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'We're not backing down,' say Dundee NHS strikers

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2451

Hospital porters at Dundee’s Ninewells and Victoria hospitals are now in the fourth week of an indefinite strike and the ninth week of industrial action.

They are demanding the same pay grade as most other porters in the NHS in Scotland.

Striker Ross told Socialist Worker, “All we want is what we’re entitled to.”

The disparity stems from the implementation of Agenda for Change pay scales many years ago.

A group of strikers went to the STUC conference last week. Ross said the response they got was “really positive and we got a lot of backing”. 

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Strugeon met them there. 

NHS Tayside bosses are essentially under the control of her government. 

SNP health minister Shona Robison is the local MSP but has given the workers no support.

Ross said Sturgeon told them, “I’ll get this sorted—I’ll speak to Shona Robison.” He thought she was genuine but fears nothing will happen because of the general election.

“I’d like to see us jump on a bus and go to Holyrood and protest outside all day,” he said. “We’re not backing down.”

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