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NHS staff to protest over transfer of jobs to private subsidiary firm

NHS staff will protest in York tomorrow over plans to transfer health service jobs to a subsidiary company owned by the local management trust.

Four unions have joined forces for the protest – Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Nursing.

In common with many other NHS trusts, the York Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust wants to establish a subsidiary company to take over the employment of staff.

This tactic enables the organisations to avoid taxes.

But unions fear it will lead to a deterioration of wages, pensions and working conditions.

Unison area organiser Sarah Keig said: “We are going to make our voices heard so the trust is fully aware of the strength of opposition to the plan that exists in York, Scarborough, Malton and Bridlington.”

The protest will take place from 9.30am to 11.30am outside the trust headquarters in Wiggington Road, York, while a meeting takes place inside to consider the proposal.

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