Unions mobilise to secure COVID payments and pay rise

U.K.

The UNISON, Unite and GMB trade unions have been mobilising their members in the NHS and private contractors to secure unpaid COVID bonuses and pay rises. UNISON and Unite members are taking on Mitie, the large private contractor, which has refused to pay a COVID bonus despite the company being signed up to the national Agenda for Change agreement which requires the  payment. Meanwhile, Unite members formerly employed by the contractor Serco but now directly employed by the NHS at Bart’s Hospital in London are also claiming their COVID payment which the hospital management have so far refused to pay. And in another dispute, GMB members employed by the giant outsourcing multinational ISS are protesting over the company’s failure to implement a pay rise that was due in 2023.

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