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Privatised health staff stage rally demanding to be back on NHS payroll

PRIVATISED health staff staged a rally on Saturday at the Yorkshire hospital where they work, demanding they are taken back onto the NHS payroll and given pay parity.

Members of general union GMB working at Calderdale Royal Infirmary in Halifax are campaigning to have their jobs with health privateer ISS transferred back to direct NHS employment.

The porters, caterers, cleaners, reception and security staff say they are being paid even less than privatised workers at neighbouring hospitals.

GMB local organiser Joe Wheatley said: “The position of both ISS and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust should invite public condemnation.

“Together they have set the lower standard in their sector and subjected a group of dedicated hospital workers to the degradation of poor pay.

“These are NHS workers, they should be paid NHS wages — anything less is a slap in the face to people who formed the front line of our fight against Covid.”

Calderdale Royal Infirmary has been contacted for comment.

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