Porters and cleaners at London NHS hospitals begin two-week strike

Hundreds of workers at NHS hospitals in London employed by Serco, including porters, cleaners and catering staff are to go on strike from Monday in a dispute over pay.

The staff are employed at St Bartholomew’s, the Royal London and Whipps Cross are walking out for two weeks. They are members of the Unite union, which claims that mainly black, Asian and ethnic minority staff are paid up to 15% less than directly employed NHS workers.

Sharon Graham, Unite’s general secretary, said: “The NHS workers taking strike action have their union’s unwavering support. They face the same risks as NHS-employed staff. Why on earth are they being paid significantly worse while being treated disgracefully?

Full story in The Guardian, 31 January 2022