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  1. Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    ‘We are determined to win a pay rise!’ say SERCO strikers

    ‘WE ARE determined to have a pay rise,’ Unite shop steward Melissa Manso declared at a lively morning picket line outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, yesterday.

    Yesterday was the first of a seven-day strike by domestics and porters employed by contractor SERCO at four Bart’s Health NHS Trust hospitals. The four are St Bartholomew’s, Royal London, Whipps Cross and Mile End hospitals. Unite leaflets said: ‘The strike is on! 6am Tuesday 11th to 6am Tuesday 18th July. For jobs, workload and pay.’

    Melissa told News Line: ‘We want less workloads. SERCO have broken promises. When we moved from the trust to SERCO, we were promised that our terms and conditions would stay the same. But SERCO changed them. For instance, when you have to call in sick the procedure is too stressful. Sometimes people had to come into work sick.

    ‘And SERCO are putting more jobs on people. They’ve changed the way we used to work. It’s much harder now. We’re striking this week. We want the public and the government to hear us. If SERCO doesn’t respond to our demands we will take more action. We would really like to go back to the trust and work for the NHS. The private company has to make its profit from us. It’s no good for us but it is for them. We are not getting anything, it’s no good.’

    Unite member Douglas Brown said: ‘We are striking for a pay rise. The money they are paying is not enough.’ Fellow striker and Unite member Nguala Kutima added: ‘We need a pay rise, the 1% they are giving is not enough. We want 3%. We’re working very hard and the way they are treating us is no good. We are doing a physical job and getting the lowest pay in the hospital. We can’t live on these wages. The cost of living is going up. Prices are high but our salary stays the same. We are going to keep striking until we win.’

    Pickets cheered when it was announced that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn supports the strike. There were more cheers for Jeeves Wijesuriya, chair of the BMA junior doctors committee, who stopped at the picket line. He told the strikers: ‘We salute you for the way you are standing up. These struggles are not very different from our struggle. We really value the work you do and support you.’

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/13445

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  3. Saturday 16th Septeber 2017

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    THE Royal Navy’s newest and most expensive ever warship could end up stranded in port due to a strike by a tug boat crew.

    The £3.1 billion aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth is moored in Portsmouth, where tug boat crews employed by privateer Serco are involved in a national pay dispute affecting military naval bases at Greenock, Faslane, Kyle and Devonport.

    Serco took over tug boat services from the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service in 1996 and employs 350 crew at the five bases.

    The crew, who are members of the Unite union, have overwhelmingly rejected an imposed pay settlement of 1.8 per cent for 2016/7 and 2.2 per cent for 2017/8 and are to ballot on industrial action, including strike action.

    Unite said that if its members voted for strike action, the first casualty would be the Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s largest-ever warship, which would be unable to leave Portsmouth as scheduled next month.

    Unite national officer Bobby Morton said: “Serco Marine Services has imposed a derisory pay award when inflation is taking off — the consumer price index (CPI) is standing at 2.9 per cent currently.

    “The only way to settle the dispute is for the company to withdraw the unilateral imposition of the pay award and return to the negotiating table with Unite for constructive talks.

    “It is a travesty that Serco has backed the union into an industrial corner, leaving Unite with absolutely no option other than to come out fighting — choppy waters lie ahead.”

    The ballot dates are yet to be confirmed.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e2bd-Strike-scuppers-HMS-Queen-Elizabeths-hopes-of-sailing#.Wb0xm8ZpEdU

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