Win! Croydon Hospital strike off after cleaners and porters secure 24% pay rise

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A strike at Croydon Hospital has been called off after GMB members won a ‘massive’ 24% pay rise. 

Cleaners and porters at the South London hospital were due to walk out on Monday in a dispute over wages and sick pay. But now their employer, outsourcing giant G4S, has offered an immediate 24% pay rise with backpay and an occupational sick pay scheme. GMB members have accepted the offer.

GMB regional organiser Helen O’Connor said: “Our hard-working members kept Croydon University hospital running throughout the pandemic and all they were asking for was to be treated fairly.

“GMB has long said that every hospital worker should have an occupational sick pay scheme, so workers can afford to take time off work and not come in when sick and present a cross-infection risk to colleagues and patients.

“G4S has finally come up with a serious and substantial offer. Our members recognise this is a massive pay rise and voted to accept the offer.

“These workers have seen when they come together as a collective and are properly organised within GMB they have far more power to change their own lives and those of their families.

“Solidarity in a workplace is the most effective way for workers to weather the cost-of-living crisis.”

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