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Hospital staff vote to strike over 'pauper pay'

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13 May 2019
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Hospital staff have voted to strike after a £400 million private outsourcing company refused to increase their ‘pauper’ pay.

The low-paid workers – who provide cleaning, porter and catering services at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals – voted unanimously for industrial action.

Outsourcing giant ISS Mediclean has refused to match the pay rise other members of staff across the hospitals have received.

ISS Mediclean turned over more than £400 million last year and made a pre tax profit of £28 million.

 

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The company forked out £30 million to shareholders.

Michael Evans, GMB Organiser, said:

“GMB members working for ISS Mediclean at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals have sent a clear message to their employer and the trust that they are committed to getting the pay rise they deserve.
  
“This results of the ballot shows that members are willing to take industrial action if the matter can’t be resolved. 

“This is a company that forked out £30 million to shareholders – they can afford to lift their hard working staff out of pauper pay.”

 
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