Planned strikes by Frimley hospital workers called off after last-minute talks

Planned strikes by hospital porters, security guards, cleaners and catering staff have been postponed after last-minute talks.

Members of Unison employed by Frimley Health Foundation Trust had planned to walk out for 48 hours this week – starting tomorrow morning – over plans to transfer their jobs to a wholly-owned subsidiary company.

Unison’s South East regional secretary Steve Torrance said: “Following productive discussions with the Trust, Unison has agreed to postpone the industrial action due to take place this week.

“This is on the understanding that senior managers at Frimley have agreed to look into alternative solutions, including whether it will be possible to keep the staff employed within the NHS.

“Unison will take no further action for the time being and as a result the Trust has agreed not to continue with its existing plans while these other options are pursued.”

Under the original plans, around 1,000 support staff at Frimley’s three hospitals – Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Wexham Park – had been due to transfer out of the NHS into the new company.

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