HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
BOLTON NHS HOSPITAL WORKERS CELEBRATE HUGE PAY VICTORY
 

Star date: 22nd October 2018

AFTER TWO DAY STRIKE HOSPITAL WORKERS WIN NHS PAY PARITY

"We stuck together and we won!" Vicky, cleaner at Royal Bolton Hospital

Bolton Royal Hospital workers are celebrating a massive victory after taking two days of strike action over pay parity earlier this month, supported by Salford UNISON and many other trade unionists.

The workers, who include cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff, are employed by Bolton NHS Trust's subsidiary company iFM, doing the same jobs as other NHS workers but were offered pay at a lesser rate. Now they have won an increase in line with other NHS workers, backdated to last April.

Full details here...


Bolton Royal Hospital workers strike Bolton Royal Hospital workers strike Bolton Royal Hospital workers strike
Bolton Royal Hospital workers strike
click image to enlarge

Some of the lowest paid workers in the North West have shown the way for other trade unionists in gaining a massive victory on pay in their battle with Bolton NHS Trust.

The workers, including cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff, are employed by Bolton NHS Trust subsidiary company, iFM, and were offered less than nationally agreed pay rates, even though they do the same job as those working at Salford Royal Hospital and other hospitals. They were expected to work for less money than their counterparts and took two days of strike action earlier this month in their fight for pay parity.

They were supported on the picket lines by Salford City UNISON, Bolton UNISON and other trade unionists, and were due to take three further days of industrial action this week. However, iFM has now agreed to give them the full NHS pay rates, which will see their minimum wage rate increase from £7.83 to £8.95 immediately, and reach £9.92 by the end of 2020. 

The pay rise will be back-dated to April 2018, and will be worth some £2,000 this year for the lowest paid, rising to over £4,000 a year for full-time staff by 2020.    

"We all work in the NHS" says Vicky, a cleaner at Royal Bolton Hospital and UNISON rep "It is only right that we will all be on NHS pay. We are no longer invisible. We are strong and proud. We stuck together and we won!"

Tim Ellis, UNISON North West Regional Organiser explains: "The staff had to fight to get the pay rise they were due and that they had been promised. This is a great result and it has been achieved by the unity and determination of the hospital workers.
 
"The campaign for fair pay in Bolton has been widely supported – by MPs, by the public, and by hospital staff not directly involved in the dispute" he adds "Everyone has acted in unison to ensure that all hospital workers will be paid the NHS rate for the job."  

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, underlines the sentiments: "The victory in Bolton should send a strong signal to any NHS trusts who think creating a wholly owned subsidiary will allow them to short change their staff over pay. Anyone who provides a service to the NHS should get the same wages rises as the health colleagues they work alongside.
 
"The hospital workers employed by iFM do work that's at the heart of the NHS" he adds "The move by iFM to try to deny them their share of the national NHS pay deal was quite simply immoral. But the employer wasn't banking on the determination and solidarity of UNISON members in Bolton, who have been unflinching in their stand for fair pay."


For a full background see previous Salford Star article – click here

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Friends of Kersal Moor
Salford Star CD
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: CAMPAIGNERS SAY SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SHOULD BE ASHAMED AS DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME SHUTS
Plenty of money to waste on crap,nothing left for essential statutory duties. Well this is what you all voted for. This is what yo... [more]
article: SALFORD STAR BENEFIT GIG RAISES HUNDREDS OF POUNDS
Great result . Well done to all involved . Was a great night in The Eagle .... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
The redelopment of this landmark is a good thing, the downfall will be as others state the lack of parking, when you consider the ... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
No social housing again? This when Dennet was bragging in the ‘Life In Salford’ magazine about buying 8 houses in Duchy with secti... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
I can see the childrens park opposite going and turned into a car park.... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

CAMPAIGNERS SAY SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SHOULD BE ASHAMED AS DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME SHUTS

Star date: 20th November 2018

AFTER LONG BITTER FIGHT, THE GRANGE SHUTS

After years of campaigning and protests, The Grange home for children with severe complex needs finally shut yesterday, after the last resident was shunted out of the city.

"Salford Council should be ashamed of themselves for getting rid of such a valuable facility" says Rebecca Howarth, parent and Save The Grange Again campaigner "We have fought the Council for nearly two years in a bid to keep the care home open but unfortunately we have reached the end of the road."

Full details here...

GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS

Star date: 19th November 2018

SALFORD THEATRE FACADES SAVED BUT BUILDING TO BE ALMOST DEMOLISHED

Planning has now been submitted for the Grade II listed Crown Theatre in Eccles, which proposes to save the facades of the building and some stairs and walls, while demolishing the rest.

The application seeks to convert the site for 82 market apartments, with no affordable housing or Section 106 payments, with a loss to the city of over £200,000 - and with an estimated profit for the developer of over £2million.

Full details here...

SALFORD STAR BENEFIT GIG RAISES HUNDREDS OF POUNDS

Star date: 19th November 2018

EAGLE INN BENEFIT HELPS TO KEEP THE STAR GOING!

Almost £300 was raised last night for the Salford Star at the Eagle Inn benefit gig hosted by Red Rec Records and The Sandells. Four ace bands played free, while friends old and new came to support the city's only - and ailing - independent media.

Full details here...

NATIONAL THEATRE COMES TO FIVE SALFORD SCHOOLS

Star date: 18th November 2018

NATIONAL THEATRE BRINGS THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME

The National Theatre is bringing its award winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to five Salford secondary schools this week, which will be accompanied by a learning programme and Q&A with the cast and creative team.

The play will be shown at Harrop Fold, All Hallows, Oasis Academy, St Ambrose Barlow and Moorside.

Full details here...

GIANT SNOWMEN ARRIVE AT SALFORD MEDIACITYUK

Star date: 18th November 2018

WALKING WITH THE SNOWMAN SCULPTURE TRAIL AT MEDIA CITY

From Thursday 22nd November until 6th January, there's going to be a free Walking with The Snowman sculpture trail at Media City, featuring twelve giant sculptures inspired by the song The Twelve Days of Christmas.

There'll also be a collection of smaller snowman sculptures, designed by local young people, displayed inside venues. The event celebrates the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs' book The Snowman, and there'll be an auction of the sculptures for Children In Need.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx