Mitie is the private company that Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust contract to provide a number of essential services within its hospitals.
Mitie employees are a vital part of the hospital team. They include cleaners, porters, catering staff, ward hosts, security staff, laundry staff, switchboard operators, the waste team and others. They work closely alongside their NHS colleagues to ensure that patients are looked after properl
But they are not being treated fairly when it comes to pay:
- Mitie staff have not had a cost of living pay rise since they were transferred to Mitie from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust* – nearly 4 years ago – while the prices of all essentials have gone up considerably, pushing many into financial hardship.
- Their NHS colleagues, including those doing the same jobs elsewhere in the country, will be seeing increases in their pay of 6.5% or more over the next 3 years, including a rise for all this year.
* (Except those staff on minimum wage getting the annual increases they are legally entitled to)
UNISON, on behalf of Mitie staff, put in a pay claim in December 2017, asking for:
- Foundation Living Wage of £8.75 to all on pay rates currently below this rate.
- Increase of 5% for staff already above this rate.
Since December 2017, Mitie have offered their staff nothing and only responded to UNISON in March 2018 to advise they were seeking additional funding from the Trust.
In August 2018, Mitie informed UNISON they had made no progress and were unable to offer staff any cost of living pay rise.