PLEA TO AWARD SICK PAY FOR ALL.
Unison said it was "angry and frustrated" after discovering that many contracted-out catering and cleaning workers in schools and hospitals were denied sick pay, even if they were on the minimum wage.
General secretary Dave Prentis said: "It cannot be right that these massive multinational companies can make huge profits but still cheat workers out of basic terms like sick pay - it is enough to make anyone sick.
"Cleaners and dinner ladies in schools and hospitals are paid on or just above the minimum wage, and struggle to make ends meet. Many also struggle into work when they are sick, risking their own health and the health of people around them. This is particularly true in hospitals where vulnerable patients may be put at risk by catching infections."