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May Day protest at Department for Health over outsourcing giant's punishing pay

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01 May 2019
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GMB is staging a mass May Day protest outside the Department of Health in anger at an outsourcing giant’s ‘punishing’ pay policy.

Tens of thousands of ISS workers  -  including security guards, porters and caterers at a number of prominent private sector employers, schools and NHS hospitals across the country -  are being made to go weeks without wages after ISS changed their pay from weekly to monthly as part of a scheme known by management as ‘Project Greenfield’.

The company has changed the pay cycles of its lowest paid staff – which means many weekly waged workers will not get paid between April 18 and May 9 - a gap of three weeks.

We’re talking about some of the lowest paid public service workers, who rely on weekly pay cheques to cover their bills and put food on the table for their table. We demand an end to this punishing pay policy – and to make sure May Day is pay day for ISS workers.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, will address campaigners expected to gather at the May Day rally in Trafalgar square

Protesters will then march down to the nearby Department of Health and Social Care.     

According to Tussell, a data provider on UK government contracts, private company ISS has been handed NHS contracts worth £167m since 2015 – and £307million worth of public sector contracts overall during that time.

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In the calendar year 2017, ISS UK Limited dished out £61million in dividends to shareholders, while the five directors trousered £2m between them.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“ISS is handed millions of pounds to run crucial NHS services. But they appear more interested in lining shareholders’ pockets than looking after the workers who prop up their business.

“We’re talking about some of the lowest paid public service workers, who rely on weekly pay cheques to cover their bills and put food on the table for their table.

“They can’t afford to be deprived for weeks of money they’ve hard earned through no fault of their own.

“And they shouldn’t be forced to go cap in hand to bosses for ‘hardship’ bridging loans for the wages they have already worked hard for – it’s a downright insult.

“We are heading to the Department of Health to demand an end to this punishing pay policy – and to make sure May Day is pay day for ISS workers.”

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