Arrowe Park Hospital workers on strike over pay and grading

Over twenty healthcare workers at Arrowe Park Hospital have been on strike this week over a failure to recognise their real-life workplace responsibilities.

Unite members who work as Recovery Theatre Practitioners, who care for patients recovering from serious operations, are not being paid appropriately by their employer, the Wirral University Hospital Trust.

The healthcare workers are being paid a grade below the level of responsibility and duties they are currently providing. Having exhausted all avenues of negotiation with their employer, staff have been left with no option but to head to the picket line.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “It is a disgrace that an NHS employer is refusing to acknowledge the hard work our members are doing and the vital service they provide to patients. It is time that the Wirral Trust do the right thing and pay our members what they deserve.”

Unite regional officer Derek Jones added, “Our members are fed up and justifiably so having not been paid the right wage for the work they are doing. They have the full backing of the Unite union and unless they come back to the negotiating table rapidly, more strike action is due to take place.”

Staff are striking on 16 and 17 April. More strikes are scheduled for 23 and 24 April.

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