As staff at BBraun Sterilog return to work after a 24 hour stoppage and begin a seven day work to rule, UNISON urges the employer to enter meaningful negotiations to being the dispute to a close.
Staff employed by the
company, BBraun Sterilog, are employed to clean and sterilise surgical
equipment. This is used in hospitals across Birmingham including the Women’s
and Children’s Hospitals. They are taking industrial action because of a threat
by the company to remove breaks.
Ray Salmon, UNISON
West Midlands Regional Organiser said:
“Following a successful day
of action yesterday we urge the BBraun Serilog, as well as hospitals in the Pan
Birmingham NHS Trusts, to come to the table and participate in meaningful
negotiations to end this dispute.
The staff working at the
company work in sterile environments. This is to ensure the public can go in to
operating theatres knowing hospital staff caring for them have clean and sterile
equipment with which to carry out their work. What this means for the staff is
working in a hot and oppressive environment, wearing surgical scrubs. There is
limited opportunity for them to take refreshments except within these short
UNISON and the staff are keen
to bring the dispute to a close but this can only be done if all parties engage
in the negotiating process.