Protecting the staff that protect you!
Why did we strike?
It shouldn’t be too much to ask that hospital workers get the agreed NHS rates of pay.
But here on site at Salford Royal (and Pennine Acute) there was a hidden workforce earning well below Agenda for Change rates of pay and on lower terms and conditions than other Trust staff.
As Engie security guards we put ourselves in danger every day and work tirelessly to keep staff, patients and the public safe. But we earned well below the NHS rates. Some of us were on the minimum wage. This is plainly unfair!
We had been seeking to resolve this for well over a year, but to no avail. In the absence of progress, we held a UNISON ballot of Engie security staff at Salford Royal and voted unanimously to take strike action to fight for fair pay for all.
We called on Engie to pay us all the full NHS Agenda for Change rate for the job.
What action did we take?
We served notice for a three day strike beginning on Wednesday 6 November. We called off the strike at the eleventh hour after our pressure had delivered results. Engie offered to move all Salford security guards onto NHS Agenda for Change pay and conditions.