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Staff at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals go on strike

Staff at Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals have started a 48 hour strike over changes to their employment contract.

Kitchen porters, cleaners and estates team walked out at 6am Credit: PA

Kitchen porters, cleaners and estates team workers walked out at 6am after York Teaching Hospital wants to change workers to a owned subsidiary.

Trade Union Unite says it is concerned that trusts are forming wholly owned subsidiary companies in England so that they can register for VAT exemption.

staff are unhappy with changes to their employment contract Credit: PA

The vote showed that our members wish to remain delivering vital public services they are not prepared to let that public sector ethos slip away.

If there is an emergency during the week of industrial action, our members will, of course, respond in a responsible fashion and put patient safety first.

They have a strong desire to remain employed by the trust and not to be employed by this subsidiary York Teaching Hospital Facilities Management LLP which has been set up with the purpose to avoid tax.

– Officer for health in Yorkshire, Chris Daly