Gordon has thrown his support behind by Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s cleaners who are set to strike over their pay by their employers and private contractor Compass.

Blackpool Vic staff to go on strike. Picture provided by UNISON

42 members of staff are employed by the Compass Group at the Vic and being paid 80p less than their NHS colleagues who do the same job. This makes them £1,600 a year worse off than their public sector counterparts. Last year Compass Group PLC made profits of over a billion pounds.

Gordon said: “Compass are acting completely unfairly and they must strongly reconsider their position. When they made over a billion pounds last year in profit, they can definitely afford to give their cleaners a pay rise for doing the same job as those employed by the NHS. An 80p rise will not make a massive difference to the company, but it will to their staff, who may have other family members to also support. The pay gap is also not good for morale at the Vic when staff are overstretched and struggling as it is.

“This dispute simply once again highlights the unfair difference between privatised and outsourced staff, compared to those employed in the NHS. The 100 percent mandate for strike action shows the strength of feeling by the staff and I completely support their grievances. It needs to be urgently settled, not to just give justice to the cleaning staff, but to also avoid a significant disruption with staff, patients and visitors. With that in mind, the senior management, including the Chair needs to raise this directly with senior officials at Compass with a view of obtaining a satisfactory outcome.”

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