ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL PROTEST
June 15, 2020
We organised a peaceful protest outside St George's Hospital to fight for the rights of black and ethnic minority workers. The event was jointly called by the GMB, UVW and Unite union branches at the site, with the support of our team.
St George’s is one of the biggest workplaces in London, employing 9,000 people. Nearly half of them are black, Asian and minority ethnic BAME workers. Many face low pay and discrimination in society and at work.
At St George’s the GMB and UVW represent many of the outsourced cleaners and security guards who are overwhelmingly BAME, and have been campaigning for parity with NHS staff.
The pandemic has brought things to a head. Besides the long running issues about discrimination over pay, conditions, disciplinaries and promotion, coronavirus has starkly illustrated inequalities over the provision of PPE. Although many health workers have been struggling to get hold of it, those protesting on Monday felt they have been at the back of the queue. Sadly at least three cleaners employed by Mitie at St George’s have died from the virus.