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Striking Dundee hospital porters go to Scottish parliament

Issue No. 2456

Striking hospital porters from Dundee took their battle to be regraded to the Scottish parliament last week. They’re demanding action to end their nine-week all-out strike.

The workers want to be paid the same as the vast majority of NHS hospital porters in Scotland.

Two coaches of strikers were joined by a delegation of homelessness caseworkers from Glasgow who are also on indefinite strike.

Jenny Marra, a Labour Party MSP for the North East, had tabled a question for Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon about the dispute. 

The SNP controls the NHS in Scotland and could resolve the dispute, but it has done nothing.

Yet Marra simply noted the porters’ claim and invited Sturgeon to comment.

Predictably Sturgeon praised the porters for the job they do and said she was “hopeful” their dispute would be resolved.

Marra made no reply. The strikers might have expected more from Labour’s health spokesperson.

Find more details of the strike at Support Ninewells Porters on Facebook

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