Socialist Worker

Dundee porters win talks

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2459

Striking hospital porters in Dundee have forced bosses back to the negotiating table after 12 weeks of indefinite strike. Talks are set to take place this week. 

A programme of meetings was set to begin on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The porters at the Ninewells and Royal Victoria hospitals have gone all-out. They demand that they are regraded to a higher pay band. 

They want to be paid the same as other porters employed by the NHS in Scotland. Bosses have refused to enter any serious negotiations up until now and have tried to pretend the strike is having no impact on the daily running of the hospital.

The dispute has also exposed the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) left wing rhetoric. 

The Scottish government has responsibility for health in Scotland and SNP health minister, Shona Robison, is also the local MSP. But she has kept her distance from the dispute

Yet the porters have kept up the pressure on her. They have protested outside her constituency office to force her to get involved. 

Her party’s claim to be “treating workers fairly” rings hollow in Dundee’s hospitals.


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