19 February 2014
Today saw around 60 crowd on the picket line outside Ealing Hospital on day one of a 48 hour strike by 150 GMB members employed by Compass Medirest in the trust.
This week’s action is the second 48 hour strike in the last week.
This follows two days of strike action on 12 and 13 February, after over 98 percent of members voted in an official ballot for strikes.
The strikers are employed as domestic, catering, porters and help desk workers.
They are fighting for the Living Wage, and holiday and sick pay and unsocial hours pay.
Workers taken on by Medirest since the work was outsourced are offered lower terms and conditions than comparable NHS staff or those transferred under TUPE to this contract. There is a two tier workforce as Medirest do not pay Agenda for Change rates or conditions. Comparable NHS rates range from £7.33 to £8.34 per hour plus London Weighting of £1.76 per hour.
GMB members are seeking an increase in pay as a step towards a London living wage of £8.80 per hour. They are currently paid national minimum wage of £6.31 per hour. They are also seeking an two additional days of annual leave and sick pay for 1 week full pay and 3 weeks half pay.
Rush messages of support to:
Stella George-Duesbury, Regional Organiser 07730 091070
or Justin Bowden 07710 631 351