Staff at one of London’s biggest hospitals went on strike last Thursday over poor wages and what they describe as overbearing management and an increasingly heavy workload.
Medirest took over services from the NHS trust in 2017 and since then, porters, cleaners, ward hostesses and kitchen staff have been employed by the multinational facility management company. Staff say that they have had enough, many workers are raising concerns with significant increases in workload but no rise in wages.
The GMB Trade Union recently presented a petition signed by over half of the staff of 400, outlining problems with an endemic bullying culture from the top-down at Medirest.
Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West said:
“It is outrageous that The Chief Executive of Medirest earns close to £1,000,000, while the workloads of Northwick Park staff continue to increase and their pay remains at the National Minimum Wage of £8.21 an hour. That is not a liveable wage in London.”
Tahir Bhatti, GMB Regional Organiser said:
“Medirest have a lot of staff paid only the minimum wage, staff who clean up after patients, transport deceased patients and make sure the hospital functions. We feel that there should be respect and fairness for all Medirest workers.
The union are calling for equal wages and a root and branch investigation into the concerns of the workers.”