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Low paid Liverpool hospital staff continue fight over unpaid wages

### Strike action scheduled for Thursday 30 May 2019 has been suspended ###

Over 250 low paid staff, mostly women, working for outsourcing firm ISS, at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals, will take 24-hour strike action tomorrow (Thursday 30 May) in a continuing dispute over pay.

ISS employs hospital porters, domestic and catering staff across NHS hospitals.

The strike action will take place from 00.01 on Thursday 30 May. Unite will have a picket line in place from 07.00 to 19.00 outside the main entrances to the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals.

The dispute is a result of the trust and ISS not fully implementing the current three year pay deal for Unite members employed at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen trust.

Meanwhile, ISS staff at other Merseyside hospitals have received the pay increase in full.

Unite is demanding an equal percentage uplift applied to all staff plus back pay for 2018/19 which members are owed.

Unite regional officer Derek Jones said: “Hundreds of low paid workers, vital to maintaining a clean and safe health service for both patients and staff, will be demonstrating tomorrow in their fight to win a pay deal in line with other NHS colleagues across Merseyside.

“Management has made an offer which does not provide the increased back pay for the year 2018/19 which was the largest percentage uplift of the three year deal for NHS workers – providing them with a three per cent wage increase.

“Our message to the trust is clear, without the offer of back pay for 2018/19 this dispute will not be settled. Our members are determined to carry the fight forward with an escalation of strike action in the coming weeks.

“We hope members of the public will join us outside the hospitals tomorrow to support these low paid workers.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Derek Jones on 07718 668 489 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2004 or 07768 931 316. Unite press office is on 020 3371 2065. 

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

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