Wiltshire

Great Western Hospital staff dispute: Acas talks due

The conciliation service Acas is to mediate in talks between workers at Swindon's Great Western Hospital and their employers.

Support workers are in dispute with the service provider Carillion over claims of bullying and intimidation and issues surrounding leave entitlement.

Staff have taken 20 days of strike action since February.

A spokesperson for Carillion said it remains "fully committed to resolving outstanding issues" at the hospital.

The spokesperson added that the company is "hopeful that a peaceful resolution can be reached".

Andy Newman, of the GMB union said: "We find it encouraging that Carillion are prepared to talk.

"We hope it will lead to a settlement that addresses the legitimate concerns of our members.

"The industrial action campaign will continue until our members are satisfied with the eventual outcome."

Talks are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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