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Causeway Hospital porters need pay action – Leonard

4 April, 2008

Coleraine Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard has called on the Northern Trust and Causeway Hospital to urgently put in place pay rises for porters at the Hospital who claim they have not received a pay increase in four years.

Leonard has been contacted by some of the porters requesting help to highlight their plight. Their current hourly rate is £5.77 just 4p more than the new minimum wage rate from October 2008.

It is the latest in a list of staff difficulties at the Causeway. Leonard has raised allegations of harassment, bullying, low morale and been involved in the security staff issue at the Coleraine hospital.

Leonard said:

"These workers have been fobbed off with promises that never happen. The latest was that it would be finalised by the end of March but like so many others this has come and gone.

"They have witnessed other porters in the area getting increases yet the Causeway staff are being told their delay is due to the Agenda for Change. However, if this change is dropping so slowly then there is little hope for the staff who have seen all bills go up in four years yet their pay stays the same.

"I am writing to the Chief Executive Norma Evans asking that this issue is urgently dealt with. These workers have a genuine grievance and it does nobody any good to have this ill-feeling festering in the workforce.

"Four years is much too long." ENDS

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