Approximately 200 of Aramark’s cleaners and domestic staff across four hospitals in London are today (21 March) staging a one-day strike over pay.
Many of the company’s hospital employees are currently paid £7.38 an hour, which is more than £2 below the recommended London Living Wage of £9.40 an hour, have restricted entitlements regarding overtime and receive 10 days sick pay per annum after completing one year of service.
The strike organised by the GMB Trade Union is calling for employees to be paid a minimum wage of £10 an hour, along with full sick pay and extra pay for working unsocial hours.
The strikes are taking place at the Bethlehem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, the Lambeth hospital, the Ladywell Unit at Lewisham and the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell.
Nadine Houghton, GMB regional organiser at the trade union, commented:
“GMB members are serious about fighting for something that any worker should be entitled to: a wage they can live on and a sick pay scheme that ensures they won’t be forced into poverty as a result of falling ill.”
A spokesperson at Aramark added:
“We regret that the GMB rejected our fair and comprehensive offer and, as a result, some members of the union exercised their right to action in the form of a strike. We are committed to reaching a mutually agreed resolution and our door remains open for the GMB to continue discussions on behalf of its members.”
The walkout will will finish at 6am on Tuesday 22 March.