GMB Hospital Worker Protest On Friday 4th March At Edgware Community Hospital Over Pay
ISS should pay workers on their sites a living wage, £6.77 is barely enough to pay rent and bus fares to work says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff in the health service, is to hold a protest for hospital workers, hostesses and cleaners on Friday 4th March outside Edgware Community Hospital over pay. GMB members will gather to protest outside the main entrance of Edgware Community Hospital at 10.00am until 10.30am.
Multinational giant, ISS, pay some workers at the hospital as low as £6.77 per hour, just 7p above minimum wage, with no additional allowances for overtime or shift work. Another concern is reports of zero-hours contracts being implemented at the hospital.
Details of the protest are as follows:
From 10am to 10.30am Friday 4th March
Outside Edgware Community Hospital,
Daren Parmenter, GMB organiser, said “There has been a hospital at this site since 1865. ISS seem to think that wages and terms of employment should have remained the same since then.
An NHS Hospital should make sure that workers on their sites get paid a living wage, £6.77 is barely enough to pay rent and bus fares to work. We live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. How do ISS expect the hospital workers to survive on such low wages?”
Many members feel intimidated by their company managers and we have had reports of members being threatened with dismissal, or even arrest, if they protest about their wages.
Intimidation of our members from any management will not be tolerated. GMB will not lie down and accept our members being treated this way. We demand that the NHS make sure all workers in their hospitals are treated fairly and are paid a fair wage.”
Contact: Michael Dooley on 07773 061798 or Edgware Hospital on 02077 981424 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691