The Guardian carried an excellent short film by Hazel Falck documenting and celebrating the struggle and victory of outsourced ‘hospitality’ workers at St Mary’s Hospital. This victory led to Imperial cancelling their contract with the French multinational, Sodexo, and bringing all their hospitality workers across all 5 Imperial hospitals back in-house. This is a significant victory for what were underpaid and poorly treated staff who are now brought fully into the NHS.
HAFSON supported this long struggle by a small and relatively new union, United Voices of the World. We spoke up for the workers and against outsourcing at Imperial Board meetings and in our meetings with the Imperial CEO, Professor Tim Orchard; and supporters joined workers on their picket lines.
As you can see in the film, it was the workers courage and determination which won their victory. We strongly recommend you watch this film: