Striking for £5 an hour

Submitted by Anon on 1 May, 2003 - 11:16

By Kate Ahrens

UNISON members in Scunthorpe, Goole and Grimsby have taken strike action against their employers, Carillion, in their fight for a pay rise and improvements in their working conditions.

The strikers are asking for a minimum wage of £5.02 per hour - not much for their hard work as cleaners, porters, and other ancilliary staff at the three hospitals - but still higher than Unison nationally was prepared to fight for in their national negotiations with the government over the Agenda for Change pay deal.

The strikers at Grimsby, Goole and Scunthorpe have shown again that the lowest paid workers are prepared to take action if they believe their union will support them. A series of one-day strikes has taken place through April, with five more days planned in May.

Please send donations and messages of support to:

  • Unison Office, General Hospital, Scunthorpe, North Lincs, DN15 5BH Cheques payable to: Scunthorpe Health Branch Hardship Fund. Or e-mail: Christine.O'Sullivan@nlg.nhs.uk

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