Protesters and striking security guards at Great Ormond Street have been banned from waving banners, “vigorously dancing”, shouting and making “any other loud noise” outside the famous children’s hospital.
The High Court has served the United Voices of the World (UVW) union with with a temporary injunction after an application from the hospital, which said “excessive noise and disruption” since the strike started had “left children in tears” and stopped clinicians from doing their jobs properly.
The court order also bans the union, its general manager Petros Elia and “persons unknown” from playing music, taking photos of anyone entering or leaving the hospital, blocking access and engaging in conduct which, “objectively viewed”, is likely to alarm, intimidate or distress.
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The wording states protesters must not “engage in any of the following within 200 metres of the trust’s premises”:
- The playing of music;
- Rapid and dramatic movement (such as, for example vigorous dancing, the waving of banners etc);
- Any other loud noise;
- Photographing or videoing individuals entering or leaving the trust’s premises
The security guards have been on strike since February 2 over demands for the same annual leave, sick pay, and career progression as those employed by the NHS. They do not receive these benefits as outsourced workers employed by a third party company, Carlisle Support Services (Carlisle).
The strike is planned for six weeks, which would make it one of the longest walkouts in the history of the health service.