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Private NHS employers should match public-sector pay rises, says Unison

Union leaders have called for staff that work in the NHS, such as cleaners, porters, catering assistants, security guards and other health staff, but employed by private companies to receive the same pay rise as NHS staff.

Unison said private firms and subsidiary companies owned by individual NHS trusts should increase hourly pay to at least match new NHS rates, which are as yet unconfirmed.

Unison, one of the UK’s largest trade unions with 1.3 million members, said staff working in the NHS and employed by private contractors are at risk of getting no pay increase due to the “hard-nosed pursuit of profit”.

Full story in The Guardian, 2 August 2021

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