Outsourced maintenance staff, incuding electricians and plumbers, at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have accepted a new pay deal for 2020-21.
The deal, which follows negotiations with trade unions Unite and outsourcing employer Serco, will see 50 employees receive a 4.5% pay increase.
The pay rise, backdated to 1 April 2020, will also apply to maintenance staff at Cromer and District Hospital.
Mark Robinson, regional coordinating officer at Unite, said: “This deal goes some way in reducing the gap between estate staff directly employed in Norfolk by the NHS, and those working at the county’s flagship hospital, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
“Our members have campaigned strongly since the beginning of the year for a sizeable increase and are pleased this has been resolved amicably; it is a well-deserved early Christmas present.
“All NHS staff this year have been absolute heroes, including the often-forgotten NHS staff such as those in estates who keep the lights on and the hospital warm.
“The government, when negotiating with health unions for the 2021-2022 pay deal, must reward them for their dedication and bravery. NHS workers have overwhelming public support, regardless of whether they are directly employed or outsourced workers such as the group at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.”