Piles of clinical waste bags were left to mount up outside a hospital as vital workers went on strike against “slave-like” working conditions and zero-hours contracts.
A porter revealed shocking photos of the hazardous waste left outside Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone, while contracted workers went on strike.
Backed by union Unite, cleaners, catering and security staff and porters were demanding “respect” from their employers at the picket line yesterday (July 13).
Barts Health Trust, which manages Whipps Cross, contracts Serco to hire the workers.
Their importance is often overlooked, but they remain a vital cog in the hospital machine. At yesterday’s protest, they could hardly go unnoticed as they waved flags and blasted music from speakers.
The Serco staff were calling for an extra 30p to bring their hourly wages to £10, and to end zero-hours contracts for porters.A Serco spokesman said the contractor has helped the hospital “operate as normal” during the strike by drawing on its “wider Serco team”.
Yet at the strike, a porter hired for Serco, revealed shocking photos showing the contractor breaking its promise to the hospital. “They said they could take care of everything while we went out on strike but clearly they can’t.
“They’re not doing what they promised. With the rubbish the way it is, it’s hazardous.
“That’s how infections get spread.”
The 25-year-old father then demanded an end to porters being put on zero-hours contracts.