Medirest staff to protest outside Northwick Park Hospital
Medirest staff to protest at Northwick Park Hospital on Thursday 5 September over issues of wages, bullying and over work
We are calling for equal wages and a root and branch investigation into the concerns of the workers, says GMB London
Staff working for Medirest at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow are set to protest outside the hospital on Thursday 5th September over poor wages and what they say is overbearing management and heavy workload.
Porters, cleaners, ward hostesses and kitchen staff who are employed by the multinational facility management company Medirest say that they have had enough.
A recent meeting organised by GMB heard many workers from the 80 strong crowd tell of how their workloads have increased and that many were being paid the National Minimum Wage £8.21 an hour.
Other concerns over a bullying supervisor were raised following the GMB presenting a petition signed by over half of the staff of 400.
Details of the protest are as follows:
Thursday 5 September
12.00 PM to 4:00 PM
Outside Northwick Park Hospital
Tahir Bhatti, GMB Regional Organiser said:
“Last year we started to speak to the Medirest about increasing the wages from the minimum wage, as well as other issues.
“Medirest have a lot of staff paid only the minimum wage, staff who clean up after patients, transport deceased patients and make sure the hospital functions. We feel that there should be respect and fairness for all Medirest workers.
“The union are calling for equal wages and a root and branch investigation into the concerns of the workers.
“Workers will stage a respectable protest outside the main entrance to the hospital.”
Contact: Tahir Bhatti 07974 249744 or GMB London Press Office 07970 114762