Low paid domestics employed by South Tyne NHS Foundation Trust are escalating their dispute over new contracts.
They were set to start a seven-day strike on Wednesday of this week.
The dispute, which has already seen two one-day strikes, has pitted 240 workers from the GMB and Unison unions against managers who want to put them onto contracts that do not fully recognise their role.
Under the new job descriptions, the workers’ contact with the public is not recognised, allowing them to be placed on a lower pay band with limited pay increases.
Roger Nettleship, joint Unison branch secretary, told Socialist Worker, “Our workers are very angry. They feel that management should give them job descriptions that reflect what they do.”
Talks were taking place between the unions and management as Socialist Worker went to press.