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02.12.2021 / News /

UVW condemns racist tropes and union busting attempt by Great Ormond Street Hospital contractor

UVW members, security guards at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), have received a shocking letter from Carlisle Support services suggesting their lawful strike action could turn violent and abusive potentially leading to arrest and prosecution.

Petros Elia, UVW General Secretary said “This letter is full of racist tropes and would never have been issued to a group of white doctors. This is a clear attempt to intimidate and deter our members from continuing in their fight for NHS contracts. We demand a retraction and apology from Carlisle and GOSH. Instead of sitting around the negotiating table with us, Carlisle and GOSH seem more intent in union-busting to maintain a discriminatory outsourcing regime, which has no place in the NHS. Matthew Shaw with his obscene half a million-pound salary should be ashamed.”

Security guard and UVW member Abiodun Ilori said “You can imagine how offended we all are. I replied to the letter requesting Carlisle never send this type of intimidating letter to me and that I am not scared. Not of the head of security, nor GOSH and definitely not Carlisle.”

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