PORTERS AND domestic staff at Bolton and North Manchester general hospitals (part of the same trust) have voted to strike. They work for ISS Mediclean, a multinational which has profited from the privatisation of the NHS.
Cleaners currently earn just £4.61 an hour. They are demanding £5 an hour, which would bring them into line with colleagues at other hospitals. The action is set to start with a one-day strike, which will take place in the week starting 22 March.
WORKERS IN the Amicus union at Preston and Chorley hospitals in Lancashire continued strikes on Monday. This is the fourth Monday in a row the 57 workers have struck. Some 20 people were on the picket line outside Preston Hospital.
The dispute is about the new job evaluation hospital workers have to undergo under the government's Agenda for Change. Many workers will lose out under this scheme. Workers in the Ucatt union are set to join the strikes next Monday. Ballots are still taking place in Blackpool, East Lancashire and Morecambe health trusts.