24-hour strike at Chorley hospital
5:41pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
Biomedical scientists at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital staged a 24-hour strike in a dispute over working conditions.
The Unite union said the dispute centred on the implementation of new working conditions.
The changes mean staff, who examine patients’ blood samples, could be called into work at a moment’s notice and with insufficient staff to adequately cover shifts, the union claimed.
The strike ran for 24 hours starting at 8am on Friday, August 30.
Unite regional officer Steve Davies said: “Our members are extremely angry that managers have failed to understand the gravity of the issues and the impact they have had on our members working conditions which due to staff leaving are even worse.
“They did not want to go on strike, but if the trust is not taking our members’ concerns seriously, they were left with little choice but to take strike action.”
“We’re calling on the trust to listen to us, work with us, to reach a settlement to the dispute for our members and patient safety.”
A typical biomedical scientist earns between £21,000-£35,000-a-year and will have a university degree, plus additional post-graduate training.
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