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‘I feel like a second-class citizen’: outsourced hospital staff join strikes

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“I had to go to a food bank last week, which I’ve never had to do in my life,” said Lisa, a cleaner at the Harbour, an NHS hospital in Blackpool.

Despite working five days a week, including weekends, finding the money to cope with rising prices is proving increasingly difficult.She and about 50 colleagues employed by OCS, a private outsourcing company that employs 68,000 people, started a strike on Wednesday morning to ask for improved conditions.

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