Unite members at the east London Barts NHS Trust – domestics, porters, catering staff and more – concluded two weeks of strike action over pay on 17 November with a rally at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel. They will be out again 4-10 December.
Speaking at a rally earlier in the week at Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone, Ellen Barzey, Unite rep at St Bart’s hospital, one of the five hospitals that make up the Trust, said: “A big thank you to everyone who’s striking and taking part. We’re striking for fair pay and equality. Keep up the fight!”
Milicent Manso, rep at the Royal London, said: “We are not here because we just want to come out, just for fun. We want to stand up for our rights. We don’t want to just stay down there for people to ride over us. Now we have to stick together and fight together.
“We are always last – everything they do, we are always last. And now we want to put a stop to that. We will not allow them to treat us anyhow. Let us come together and fight together. We will win together. We will not stop till we get fair pay, respect and fair treatment.”