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September 27, 2007 09:21 ET

Unite members balloting for industrial action at flagship PFI hospital

NORFOLK, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2007) - Unite members are being balloted to take industrial action at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in Colney, Norwich.

Staff employed in the Estates and Works Department by Serco Services are being balloted over a pay and conditions dispute.

The dispute which involves 44 members is connected to their claim to be treated the same as if they were employed by the NHS. The union has been in discussions with the company to adopt "Agenda For Change" style terms and conditions for a number of years. However, the company's final offer still falls short of what Estates staff receive when directly employed by NHS trusts.

Unite Regional Officer, Mark Robinson, said:
"Our members did not ask to be transferred to a private company when the hospital moved from its city centre site a few years ago. All our members want is to be treated and paid the equivalent as if they worked in other directly employed NHS trusts such as Norfolk PCT and Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership. Whilst the company's proposals come close on pay, they remain significantly short on annual leave provisions."

"NHS Employees have enjoyed Agenda for Change terms and conditions since 2004. It has taken Serco employees all this time to get close. Our membership has been extremely patient, but now their patience has been worn out."

Contact Information

  • Mark Robinson
    07884 475154
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224 761