SOME 500 porters, telephonists and cleaners in the Unison union at Swansea's Singleton, Morriston, Hillhouse and Cefn Coed hospitals were on the verge of escalating strike action as Socialist Worker went to press. The issue is resistance to poverty pay levels.
The workers are subcontracted by the Swansea health trust to ISS Mediclean, as many NHS staff are under New Labour's PFI contracts. Many are paid just £4.10 an hour. They have already taken three days of strike action in the fight for the same terms and conditions as NHS staff.
Union meetings earlier this week in Swansea were to decide whether the porters, and possibly other staff, will have a week of all-out action from next Monday. The union is planning a lobby of the Welsh Assembly on Monday 21 October. The strikers have thrown out two rotten offers already.
A Unison member told Socialist Worker, 'As far as we are concerned all offers have not been acceptable and fall far short of members' expectations. The members' resolve is strengthening, not weakening. Until we get the fair deal we are after we will keep fighting.'