- WATCH- 'We've been head butted, spat at, racially abused' - Why hospital security staff are going on strike:
- SCOTT KEMP is the regional UNITE officer.
Security staff at Southampton General Hospital have gone on strike for 24 hours in a row over pay and equipment.
Members of the Unite union walked out at midnight after allegations that security staff are being attacked on a regular basis by members of the public either under the influence of drink or drugs or with mental health problems.
They've demanded that their employer, Mitie, should supply them with stab vests and a pay increase.
Mitie says it's made offers to try and end the dispute and is working to make sure that the hospital has adequate cover.
More days of strike action have been planned for 19 April and 24 May along with a 48 hour stoppage, starting on 3 May and a further 72 hour strike on 7 June.
Unite says and an overtime ban will also commence on 5 April.