Work­ers in protest over hospi­tal pay

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE -

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.

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