October 27, 2006 07:55 ET

Strike threatened at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2006) - Amicus members at Peterborough and Stamford hospitals trust are being balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.

Maintenance workers in the Trust are angry about their pay and grade banding which means they are paid an average of GBP3,000 a year less than their counterparts in other hospital trusts.

Maintenance workers earn around GBP20,000 per year. They are multiskilled and carry out essential tasks in the hospital Trust including electrical, plumbing and heating repairs.

The result of the ballot which begins today is due on Friday 10th November and may result in a strike or members taking industrial action short of a strike.

Amicus' Regional Officer, Owen Granfield, said:

"Peterborough and Stamford Trust's grading outcome for maintenance workers is in flagrant breach of the advice supplied by the Strategic Health Authority but they have refused to budge.

"Every other Trust in the Region has banded this work at Band 4, in accordance with the national profile, but Peterborough will not accept national or regional advice, despite having co-authored the regional advice.

"We have no alternative but to ballot our members for industrial action and, if they vote in support of action, it could have very severe effects on the workings of the Trust's hospitals. It seems the Trust is showing the same disregard for its' workers as for its' patients."

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Contact Information

  • Amicus press office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224
    Owen Granfield
    Regional Officer
    07768 693942 or 01582 576 271