Outsourced hospital porters at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, members of the United Voices of the World (UVW) union, made significant progress on 27 November, their ninth day of strikes.
A UVW statement said: “Cleaners, caterers, porters, and doctors disrupted Imperial NHS Trust’s board meeting, forcing the CEO and the board to provide an early 2020 deadline for a decision on making all currently outsourced workers NHS employees.
“These are the first strikes in NHS history to demand workers be brought in house. [Board members] Tim Orchard, Kevin Croft, and Janice Sigsworth were forced to answer questions directly from their workers, and agreed to provide a timeline for negotiations by 3 December.
“As a symbol of good faith and out of respect for patients, workers unanimously voted to suspend the strike planned for 28 November while we await our negotiation timeline. Our fourth round of strikes, from 9-14 December, will continue as planned if the timeline is not agreed. It’s a good day: we will win!”