Hospital maintenance staff accept inflation-busting pay rise

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Colney. Picture: James Bass

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Colney. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Evening News © 2009

Hospital maintenance staff in Norwich and Cromer have accepted an inflation-busting 4.5pc pay rise after arguing they were being paid less than similar staff at other Norfolk hospitals.

Unite, the union representing the majority of electricians and plumbers working on an outsourced Serco contract, had claimed their pay had fallen behind that paid to directly employed NHS staff at the James Paget Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Cromer Hospital. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Hospital.  - Credit: Archant

The pay rise, backdated to 1 April 2020, affects about 50 maintenance staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and workers at the Cromer and District Hospital.

Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Robinson said: “This inflation-busting deal goes some way in reducing the gap between estate workers directly employed in Norfolk by the NHS and those working at the county’s flagship hospital, the NNUH.

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Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Robinson. - Credit: Archant

“Maintenance workers in Yarmouth and Kings Lynn had their roles upgraded recently which had the knock-on effect of making salaries paid by Serco uncompetitive in a marketplace where our members’ skills are highly prized.”

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