Engie Tameside

Hospital Security Deserve Pay Security!



Why is this important?

It shouldn’t be too much to ask that hospital workers get the agreed NHS rates of pay.

But here on site at Tameside General Hospital, 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 been seeking to resolve this for some time, but to no avail. In February, Engie told us they would not agree to pay us NHS rates. In the absence of progress, we held a UNISON ballot of Engie security staff at Tameside General Hospital and voted unanimously to take strike action to fight for fair pay for all. 

In May, Engie have agreed to pay the NHS rates from October 2020. This is a step in the right direction but we lodged our pay claim in December 2019- it's wrong that we should have to wait almost a year for the pay we are rightfully owed. What's more, Engie have only agreed to pay the correct rates if we agree to changes to our shift patterns which may result in pay cuts. 

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?

Given the current context, we have done everything we can to avoid taking industrial action. We have given Engie over six months to resolve this dispute. Given the lack of resolution and the potentially detrimental proposed changes to shift patterns, we have no other option- this really is an action of last resort.

As a result, we served notice for a two day strike beginning at 7am on Monday 13 July. We hope that Engie see sense and get back around the negotiating table before 13 July.

How can you help?

Please donate to our strike fund. Email nwdisputesteam@unison.co.uk for further details on how to donate.

Post messages of support on social media: please hashtag #PayUpEngie and tag @Engie_UK, @tandgicft and @NorthWestUNISON.

Are you a member of staff at Tameside General Hospital? Please sign our petition: https://www.megaphone.org.uk/p/payupengie

Latest updates:

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