Workers in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trust will strike again for 24 hours beginning at 00.01 on Wednesday 27 June and for five days beginning at 06:00 hours on Thursday 28 June in a dispute over outsourcing plans.
Hospital caterers, cleaners, porters, and other workers, members of Unison, previously struck for 48 hours on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May. As previously reported in Solidarity, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS foundation trusts plan to outsource workers to a new company called WWL Solutions.
The trusts claim they need to do the outsourcing to save money. However a recent staff newsletter quoted trust chief executive Andrew Foster saying it has recorded a “bottom line” surplus of £8.6m.
Workers are concerned that being outsourced makes their jobs less secure, and open to changes in pay and terms and conditions in the future.