Hospital strike called off after G4S offers 24% pay rise

Justice: the GMB union action has delivered a settlement for Mayday Hospital workers

Some of the lowest-paid workers at Croydon’s Mayday Hospital are today claiming victory – and a 24per cent pay increase – after a six-month-long battle with outsoucing giants G4S. And they didn’t even have to resort to strike action.

Cleaners and porters were due to walk out on Monday in a dispute over wages and sick pay. This included being able to claim sick pay when workers were forced to self-isolate, rather than come into to work and risk spreading covid-19 to colleagues and patients.

But now G4S has offered an immediate 24per cent pay rise with back pay and an occupational sick pay scheme.

GMB members have accepted the offer.

“Our hard-working members kept Croydon University Hospital running throughout the pandemic and all they were asking for was to be treated fairly,” Helen O’Connor, the GMB’s regional organiser said.

“GMB has long said that every hospital worker should have an occupational sick pay scheme, so workers can afford to take time off work and not come in when sick and present a cross-infection risk to colleagues and patients.

“G4S has finally come up with a serious and substantial offer. Our members recognise this is a massive pay rise and voted to accept the offer.

“These workers have seen when they come together as a collective and are properly organised within GMB they have far more power to change their own lives and those of their families.

“Solidarity in a workplace is the most effective way for workers to weather the cost-of-living crisis.”

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1 Response to Hospital strike called off after G4S offers 24% pay rise

  1. Chris Flynn says:

    Well done to the union. 24% is pretty sizeable – how can G4S justify underpaying their staff by this much before?

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