Further strike action at three Nottinghamshire hospitals by GMB workers

King’s Mill Hospital, near Mansfield
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Three of Nottinghamshire's biggest hospitals will be hit by further strike action for two days next week. The GMB Union has said the action by private contractors at King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark Community Hospitals will take place from 6am on Thursday, May 30 through to 5.59am on Saturday, June 1.

The almost 300 workers are employed by Medirest, a private contractor in Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust. They are unhappy as they believe company bosses refuse to keep terms and conditions in line with colleagues employed directly by the NHS.

The staff involved include porters, cleaners, security staff, catering workers and reception teams. Cameron Mitchell, GMB organiser, said: "Private contractors keep our NHS running - it is that simple.

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"They don’t get weekend enhancements, they don’t get fair parental rights or sick pay and they are still waiting for the coronavirus >Covid recovery bonus paid to NHS staff.

"On a Sunday, Medirest workers are paid almost £10 an hour less than colleagues doing the same work on the NHS payroll. They are being treated like second class staff and they are not taking it any more."

The GMB Union members were previously on strike for 24 hours on Friday, May 17. They voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in March.