Staff will now get NHS rate for the job as Trust takes on staff from private firm Mitie
UNISON members at Tameside Hospital have welcomed the Trust’s decision to take the domestic and portering functions back in-house and the confirmation that all staff will now be paid the proper NHS rate for the job.
The contract for cleaning and portering at the hospital had been with the private firm Mitie who took on 39 staff on inferior terms and conditions.
There had been concerns that the Trust would continue to pay these staff less than their colleagues after the transfer on 7th July, but the Trust has now given a written commitment to UNISON. This followed a strong campaign which involved a demonstration at the Hospital and a 700-signature petition for fair and equal pay.
The 39 staff will see their pay increase from the legal minimum of £7.20 per hour to £7.86 per hour – a 9% increase. The Trust has also said they will have the same annual leave and sick pay arrangements as colleagues within three months.
The Trust decided to end the contract with profit-making firm Mitie in order to improve services to patients and achieve better value for money.
James Bull, UNISON Area Organiser, said:
“It’s great news that Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are now committed to implementing fair contracts for the 39 domestics and porters within a clear timescale, backdating a pay increase to the date of the transfer on 7th July. Our members felt very strongly about this issue and our union has ensured their voice has been heard through our campaign and discussions with their employer.”
“This is a very positive start for domestics and porters at Tameside as they are taken back into the NHS from Mitie. This is good news for staff and good news for patients.”
Local MP Angela Rayner lent her support to the campaign. She said:
“Domestic and portering staff should be paid proper Agenda for Change rates at Tameside Hospital. These workers provide a vital role 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and they deserve respect at work.”