Hospital Security Deserve Pay Security!
It shouldn’t be too much to ask that hospital workers get the agreed NHS rates of pay.
But here on site at Blackburn and Burnley Hospitals. there is 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. During the pandemic, we have been on the front-line of the fight to keep our communities safe, whilst putting ourselves at significant personal risk. ONS figures show that male security guards have the highest risk of dying as a result of COVID-19 compared with other demographics.
In spite of the vital job we do protecting patients and staff, we earn well below the NHS rates. Some of us are on the minimum wage. This is plainly unfair!
We have sought to resolve this for some time, but to no avail. In the absence of progress, we have opened a UNISON ballot of Engie security staff at Blackburn and Burnley Hosptials over whether to take strike action and fight for fair pay for all.
What do we want?
We are calling on Engie to pay us all the full NHS Agenda for Change rate for the job without changing our shift patterns in order to cut our pay.
What action do we have planned?
We have opened a UNISON ballot of Engie security staff at Blackburn and Burnley Hosptials over whether to take strike action and fight for fair pay for all. Industrial action may follow.
How can you help?
Post messages of support on social media: please tag @EngieGroup and @NorthWestUNISON. Use hashtag #PayUpEngie.