05/04/2015

Support the Ninewells/RVH Porters

Unite Scotland's Colin Coupar addressing the rally
On Saturday I was pleased to join a large number of people marching from the Unite offices to the City Square for a rally in support of the porters at Ninewells and Royal Victoria Hospitals.  As a trade unionist I have been pleased to support the two rallies which have been organised in support of the porters.  Unite say that there have been errors in the banding grades given to porters at Ninewells and Royal Victoria Hospitals.  This means that they are being paid less than their colleagues elsewhere.  As one of the councillors for both hospitals I am happy to support them.

I was appalled to hear at the rally that NHS Tayside say that they have a document that proves their case they just cannot find it.  This is ridiculous.  It is also important that the local SNP make their views known on this as they include the Health Secretary amongst their members.

It is clear to me that people do not take strike action lightly and therefore we should listen very seriously to people who are prepared to take strike action.  People should receive a fair day's pay for a fair day's  work and a solution needs to be found to this problem.

You can find out more about the porters case by visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Ninewells-Porters/452299284924508?fref=ts