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Barts NHS Trust
Barts NHS Trust

11 August 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Workers have announced 25 more days of strike action at Barts Health NHS Trust,  largest health trust in England to secure what they claim to be a fair pay increase. The strike action will be spread across five weeks beginning on 18 August. 

Following talks on the 24 July the workforce rejected an offer of just £2 extra a week and are seeking 30 pence an hour extra following what they claim as years of low pay and below-inflation pay deals. 

Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon said: “After years of pay deals which have meant pay cuts in real terms they deserve better.”

Unite members held a 48-hour strike on Tuesday 4 July, a seven day strike from Tuesday 11 July and a 14 day strike from 25 July. The workers are now taking 25 days of strike action spread across five weeks beginning on 18 August. They will take strike action on each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the five week period.

Serco won the £600 million soft services contract for Barts Health NHS Trust last year.

Phil Mitchell, Serco contract director: “In agreement with the Trust, we guaranteed to pay our staff at least the London Living Wage of £9.75/hr from day one of our contract, which has resulted in an average increase in pay of 3.5 per cent for over 140 permanent staff. For those staff on higher salaries, we have protected their terms and conditions and offered a pay increase for this year which is in line with other NHS colleagues.


“Our absolute priority during the strike has been to continue ensuring a safe, clean and caring environment for patients. Feedback from the Trust on how we have maintained services and patient safety has been positive and we have robust plans in place to ensure we can continue to support the Trust’s hospitals to operate as normal should Unite’s next planned action go ahead.”