Hospital cleaners and hostesses on strike for better pay and conditions were joined on their picket lines on 23 June by striking train and tube drivers from sister unions RMT and ASLEF – and members of the three unions and their supporters will march together in solidarity on Tooting town centre from noon on Saturday 25 June, as RMT members around the country continue their strike action.
The hospital workers, who are employed by Mitie at St Georges Hospital, are taking industrial action with support of their union, GMB. The three unions are organising a joint demonstration tomorrow at 12noon outside the hospital, followed by a march to Tooting town centre.
GMB Regional Organiser Helen O’Connor said:
GMB Southern Region’s NHS workers were delighted to receive support and solidarity from rail and tube strikers on their picket line on Thursday. All of these workers are striking to protect their jobs and conditions so they are all in the same boat.
GMB remains disappointed that St Georges NHS Trust refuse to enter talks to settle this dispute, so unfortunately further industrial action is likely.
We expect the march on Tooting to be well attended and we want the public to know just how badly these vital hospital workers are being treated.
We continue to call on St Georges NHS to settle this dispute by bringing this contract back in-house and ensure that these vital workers get the same pay, terms and conditions enjoyed by other NHS colleagues within the hospital.
For more details on the demonstration, contact Helen O’Connor on 07506 711574.
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