Low paid NHS workers employed by Serco at Barts NHS Trust held a series of protests today at the Trust’s hospitals (Friday 8 June) over the private contractor’s refusal to fund a pay rise which mirrors the pay deal offered to NHS employees.

Today Unite announced that NHS employed health workers, members of Unite, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the pay deal.  

Thousands of low paid workers in the NHS are being offered a pay rise of over £2,000 a year in cash terms in the first year of a three year deal. Workers employed by Serco at Barts Health NHS Trust are demanding the same pay increase. But the private contractor has refused to engage with workers about their reasonable demands for fairness and dignity. 

Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon said: “Low paid workers at Barts are understandably very angry. Security guards, cleaners, porters and caterers are vital to keeping these London hospitals clean and safe. It’s a glaring injustice that health workers employed by Serco are being offered less than other NHS workers at the same hospitals. 

“The workforce is stepping up their campaign for pay justice at the biggest NHS Trust in the UK. It’s time to end poverty pay for NHS workers employed by private contractors.”

NHS employed workers in London will get at least £10.83 an hour. Serco workers on £10.20 an hour are demanding the same. There are 1,600 Serco workers at St Barts, Royal London, Whipps Cross, Mile End and Newham working in roles including security guards, cleaners, porters and in patient catering. 


For more information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey