Clinical Support Workers (CSW) at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust submitted a grievance last week after coming together in UNISON to demand fair pay for delivering clinical care.
At Arrowe Park Hospital, over 80 CSWs presented the grievance in-person to Trust CEO Janelle Holme.
The CSW staff are currently paid at Band 2. Band 2 staff should only undertake personal care, such as supporting patients with toileting, bathing, and feeding, and are paid up to £1,800 a year less than the Band 3 rate.
Band 2 staff completed a survey circulated by their trade union UNISON, and the results show that most staff are regularly and routinely doing clinical duties, including patient observations, venepuncture, and urinalysis.
Furthermore, the survey also showed that most staff have been doing clinical duties for many years whilst only paid as a Band 2. This means that staff have missed out on thousands of pounds in pay over the years.
The health workers called on the Chief Executive to pledge that Band 2 staff would not be treated any worse with regards to re-banding and back-pay than their colleagues at other trusts in the region which have signed up to the UNISON campaign and agreement. The WUTH CEO refused to sign the pledge, in contrast to recent pledges from CEOs at Mid-Cheshire and Northern Care Alliance trusts.
Band 2 HCAs resolved to continue the UNISON campaign and have launched a petition of their colleagues to support a re-banding claim.