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Union bargaining secures Unison workers pay rise

Unison employees at Wycombe and Amersham hospitals have got a pay rise.

29 September 2011

Workers at hospitals in Wycombe and Amersham have used union bargaining to get a 5.6 per cent pay rise.

Cleaners, porters and catering staff at the two infirmaries took to the picket line over wages and unfair sick pay conditions, the Bucks Free Press reports.

Three separate bouts of industrial action were held before an agreement was reached between the staff and the employer - a private contractor called Medirest.

Steve Bell, secretary for the Bucks Health Unison branch - part of the UK-wide membership of over 1.3 million - said: "The company offered a large pay rise and I would certainly put that down to the strike action."

He added that the fight to improve sick pay will continue and it is not an issue that has gone away.

Liz Bastone, spokeswoman for Medirest, observed the group is very happy that a resolution to the issue has been found.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: Bucks Free Press, September 29th
 

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