Thirty Unison members working in the Central De-Contamination Unit in Ayrshire Central Hospital (Irvine) staged a 48-hour strike on 13-14 March as part of the union’s ongoing campaign in defence of NHS pensions in Scotland.
The unit had been opened just a week earlier by Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.
“She was happy to meet the staff then, have the plaudits, have the photo opportunities. This week, she’s chosen to ignore us. Rather than come and discuss the pensions issue, she decided to put the legislation through Parliament the same day,” said Unison rep Elaine McLeod.