03:10PM, Tuesday 22 October 2019
Facilities staff at Wexham Park, Frimley Park and Heatherwood hospitals have voted to take strike action.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees the hospitals, is planning to set up a subsidiary company to run some of its non-clinical support services.
The move would see staff in roles including housekeeping, security, and portering transferred to a new company, losing their status as NHS workers.
Trade union group, UNISON, said 72 per cent of its members took part in the ballot with 99 per cent of those voting in favour of industrial action.
Steve Torrance, South East regional secretary for UNISON, said: “This ballot sends an important and overwhelming message that hospital bosses can’t afford to ignore.”
The Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said: "We have noted the recent result of the ballot by Unison and await results from other unions. In the event of any actions by the unions everyone’s priority will be the continued safety of our patients and we are putting robust contingency plans in place to ensure this.
"All of our staff are extremely valuable to us at Frimley Health and we will continue to support them to the best of our abilities."
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