Strike action called off as outsourced security staff employed by the French multinational company Engie have won NHS rates of pay.
UNISON members employed as security staff at Tameside Hospital by Engie were finalising plans for a 48 hour walk out on Monday 13th July when last minute negotiations brought significant changes to proposals from management.
The security staff submitted a pay claim in December 2019 for full Agenda for Change pay, including shift enhancements and overtime rates.
Initially there was a flat refusal from Engie management to consider the pay claim. However, UNISON members stood strong together and voted to take industrial action in a formal ballot with a 100% turnout.
Management responded by coming back to the negotiating table, and following a couple of offers from the company which were rejected by the members, Engie finally offered to pay the full Agenda for Change pay rates, including enhancements and overtime payments. This will be implemented with immediate effect.
As a result, some hospital security staff will now be paid several thousand pounds a year more.
Sue Glithero, UNISON North West regional organiser, said:
"It's only right that all hospital staff get the proper rate for the job. Security staff perform a vital role at the hospital and it's great news that they will be paid fairly from now on."