Nottinghamshire hospital workers announce more strikes

Posted by Jon Parker-Dean
Friday 24 May 2024
GMB Trade Union - Nottinghamshire hospital workers announce more strikes

Private contractors at three of Nottinghamshire’s biggest hospitals are set for two more days of strikes.

Employed by Medirest, a private contractor in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust, workers are furious as company bosses refuse to keep terms and conditions in line with colleagues employed directly by the NHS

Strike action will take place from 06:00 on Thursday 30 May through to 05:59 on Saturday 01 June.

Nearly three hundred workers, including porters, cleaners, security staff, catering workers and reception teams will take part in the walkout at King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark Community Hospitals.

Cameron Mitchell, GMB Organiser, said:

“Private contractors keep our NHS running; it is that simple.

“They don’t get weekend enhancements, they don’t get fair parental rights or sick pay and they are still waiting for the Covid recovery bonus paid to NHS staff.

“On a Sunday, Medirest workers are paid almost £10 an hour less than colleagues doing the same work on the NHS payroll.

“They are being treated like second class staff and they are not taking it any more.”

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