Workers in protest over hospital pay
CLEANERS at a hospital are set to protest against a threatened pay cut next week.
Cleaners at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge will be protesting against proposals by their employer Medirest which they claim will result in a cut in earnings of £248 a month.
They will be burning letters from the company telling them to accept the changes or face losing their jobs.
During the protest the workers will be wearing specially designed campaign T-shirts and will have flags and placards supporting the Unison union. The protest is scheduled to take place outside the hospital at 5.30pm on Tuesday, May 29.
The cleaners are employed to work in the Cambridge hospital’s clinics and operating theatres to ensure bugs such as MRSA are not spread across the hospital.
A spokesman for Unison said the changes included altering the start and finish times of the staff ’s evening shifts, meaning workers would lose extra payment for working at unsociable hours.
He said this change in the working conditions meant a 21 per cent pay cut for workers.
He added that they were still in negotiations with Medirest over the issues and were consulting with members over potential industrial action.
No-one from Medirest or Addenbrooke’s Hospital was available to comment.