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Hospital staff back strike vote

Porters, cooks and cleaners at North Devon Hospital have voted in favour of industrial action over sick pay.

The Unison union workers are employed by private firm Sodexo, are calling for sick pay, which they do not currently receive.

Unison said members had taken the vote with "extreme reluctance", but that it wanted workers to get the same deal and conditions as NHS staff.

Up to 300 staff could be involved in the walk-out.

The union said Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and Sodexo had failed to to enact a national agreement - the Agenda for Change - which was backed by the Department of Health.

The agreement came into force in 2006 and was meant to ensure sick pay for all NHS workers, including those working for private contractors.

Sodexo said it was in discussions with the trust regarding the implementation of Agenda for Change.

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