LAURA McAlpine, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate is calling for the Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital to reconsider plans to outsource the Domestic Services and Estates staff resource at the hospital.
Laura said: “The staff themselves (some of whom have been working within the NHS for over 36 years) are calling for the trust to keep them in house, employed by the NHS and not by a private company. Together with UNISON, I support the domestic staff’s position on formally declaring an industrial dispute. It’s a decision they haven’t taken lightly, but they’ve been left with no other option.
“We have seen the catastrophic failings of private companies like Carillion, Circle and Serco, and the harmful and disruptive consequences. I, along with UNISON and the PAH domestic staff have little confidence that any private company can deliver these incredibly important services without compromising on worker’s pay, hours and rights.
“The Domestic staff at PAH are an incredibly hard-working group of workers, they desperately want to remain within the NHS. They have set up their own petition which is gaining a huge amount of support from the public.
“The Chief Exec has stressed how much the trust values and respects their domestic staff, but they are actively working against their wishes by planning to outsource their services.”
Sue Brett, a domestic cleaner who has been working for the trust for 36 years said: “I am set to lose 5 years NHS pension. We feel cast aside. We don’t want to work for a private company. The NHS is our life, our family. When one domestic is in trouble, we all pull together. I’m getting quite emotional about all of this.”
UNISON regional organiser Caroline Hennessy said: “We’d like to thank Laura for supporting PAH’s domestics in their fight to stay part of the NHS.
“The Trust board is increasingly isolated, with figures from across the political spectrum opposing its plans and thousands of Harlow residents speaking out against them.
“It’s time for PAH bosses to do the right thing by withdrawing from market testing and showing their vital domestic staff that they really do value their hard work to keep patients safe.”
Domestic worker’s petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-princess-alexandra-hospital-domestics
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