Porters at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee could be set for strike action again.
NHS Tayside porters are “on their knees” due to being understaffed by almost a third, according to senior Unite rep Graham Nelson.
The workers at Ninewells Hospital are set to hold a ballot over potential strike action in a bid to force the health board to increase the workforce.
Mr Nelson said porters had even tried to solve the recruitment issue themselves.
He said: “We are running 30 men down just now and it’s going to be 35.
“We have been in discussions with NHS Tayside for four weeks now about a resolution but we are getting nowhere – the porters are on their knees.”
Mr Nelson said the ballot will be held in the coming weeks and he believes members will vote for strike action.
George Doherty, NHS Tayside’s director of human resources and organisational development, said: “Currently there is an ongoing review of portering services being carried out jointly with trade unions.”
NHS Tayside porters went on strike for three months in 2015 after a dispute over pay grades.