Outsourced Luton & Dunstable Hospital cleaners claim NHS pay victory

Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s outsourced cleaners have won the same pay as their NHS colleagues after a months-long fight for justice, unions UNISON can reveal today. When a new cleaning, catering and housekeeping contract begins in November, the workers, many paid the minimum wage, will enjoy full NHS pay of at least £9.21 an hour, […]

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‘Decade of misery’ looming for Luton Hospital staff and patients, unions warn

Bosses at Luton & Dunstable Hospital are preparing to unleash a ‘decade of misery’ on staff and patients with plans for a huge outsourcing contract, trade unions warn today. Unions are calling for domestic, catering and cleaning services to be brought back in house once transnational Engie’s contract ends next year. But instead hospital chiefs […]

‘Demoralising’ three-tier workforce creates £1,000 pay gap for Luton & Dunstable Hospital cleaners

Many cleaners at Luton & Dunstable Hospital are more than £1,000 a year worse off than their colleagues doing the same job because of a “confusing and demoralising” three-tier workforce created by outsourcer Engie, UNISON warns today. UNISON, the union representing workers at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, is calling on the Trust not to renew […]

Bedfordshire Resource Centre opens its doors

UNISON Bedfordshire Resource Centre officially opened its doors today. Four UNISON branches – Bedfordshire Health, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Central Bedfordshire Local Government and Bedfordshire Police – have pooled their resources in a unique venture to make sure members are best represented and supported. Local MP Mohammad Yasin joined UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to […]