AROUND 200 workers at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary could be on strike next week. The planned action follows a 95 percent vote for action. The porters, domestics, security and catering workers are employed by Sodexho. This company made money from the asylum voucher system. It pays workers at the infirmary as little as £4.10 an hour.
Workers are demanding a £5 an hour minimum wage and a return to full NHS conditions for non-NHS workers. Talks were set to take place this week, but if they do not produce a result then workers will strike on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
THE CAMPAIGN to defend Unison union branch secretary Phil Billows won wider support this week. Phil has been suspended from his job at the Royal London Hospital in east London.
The call for Phil's reinstatement has won the backing of Unison's London health committee. A rally is being planned at which it is hoped Unison leader Dave Prentis will be the main speaker.
Send messages of support to the union office-phone or fax 020 7601 8125.
Send messages of complaint to Paul White, Bart's and Royal London chief executive-fax 020 7377 7931