Hundreds of London hospital workers protest Serco's low pay outside offices of JP Morgan

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Hundreds of striking workers at four London hospitals staged a protest outside the offices of financial giant JP Morgan on Thursday morning.

Cleaners, porters, catering and security staff, employed by Serco on between £9.75 and £10.80 per hour, are insisting on a 30p wage increase to keep pace with the increasing costs of living in the capital.

They descended on JP Morgan’s London offices as Serco presented its half year financial results for 2017 to investors.

The workers at Barts Health NHS Trust, which is comprised of Whipps Cross University Hospital, the Royal London, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and Mile End Hospital, are in the midst of a 14-day strike which started on July 25.

Serco was awarded the £600m domestic services contract for Barts Health NHS trust in April.

It agreed to pay all workers the London living wage of £9.75 an hour but rejected workers’ desire for a 30p an hour wage increase.

The firm made a profit of £82 million in 2016 across its global business.

Unite regional officer Ruth Hydon said: “Wealthy investors need to be aware that Serco is profiting from low paid, hard-working staff who have endured getting poorer year on year because of below inflation pay deals. 

“Workers regularly report getting home late, tired and sore from the intense workload heaped on them by Serco. They deserve better treatment and better pay. 

“We hope Serco’s investors will urge the company to resolve this dispute across four London hospitals. All the workers are asking for is an extra 30p an hour to help them afford the most basic items like food, rent and travel. 

“It is time for Serco to get around the negotiating table with Unite and resolve this dispute.”

Unite members have already held a 48 hour strike on Tuesday July 4 and took seven days of action from Tuesday July 11, with further strikes planned for August and September.

Serco have been approached for a comment.

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