Hospital workers including cleaners, security guards, porters and caterers have won a landmark battle to be brought in-house as NHS employees after a two-week strike.
Almost 1,800 outsourced staff will become NHS employees after union Unite reached an agreement with Barts NHS Trust in London.
The strike took place over claims the mainly Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff employed by private sector company Serco were paid up to 15 per cent less than their colleagues who were directly employed by the NHS.
The decision will now see them receive the same pay and benefits such as sick pay, holiday pay and pensions as NHS staff.
Barts has confirmed the workers will be brought in-house, and said it will not renew the current contract with outsourced company Serco when it expires at the end of April 2023.
The trust emphasised all workers, including those outsourced to Serco, are paid at least the London Living Wage, but as NHS employees they will be able to move up the NHS pay scale.