Healthcare environmental services workers protest in Britain’s biggest cleaners’ strike

August 7, 2017

Seven hundred and fifty of healthcare environmental services are protesting against cleaning firm in Britain’s biggest cleaners’ strike, according to an article on The Guardian website.

The staffs of four hospitals are involved in the strike against the outsourcing giant Serco. The company was recently awarded the £600m domestic services contract for Barts Health NHS trust, which runs the Royal London alongside St. Bartholomew’s, Mile End, Whipps Cross and Newham University hospitals.

When Serco took over the Barts Health contract in April, it agreed to pay all workers the London living wage of £9.75 an hour, but due to rapidly increasing living costs, many still have to take on a second job, the article said.

Unite members, employed by Serco as domestic staff, porters and security workers at the trust, want a 30p an hour wage increase; that has been rejected.

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