Unison members at Dudley Group of Hospitals trust have called off their strike action after 10 months. The 600 mainly ancillary workers have spent more than 180 days on strike against their transfer out of the NHS in a private finance initiative deal that was finally signed last week. The strikers - who are set to transfer to Summit Healthcare this week - have vowed to continue to campaign for the return of their jobs to the NHS. Trust chief executive Paul Farenden said he was 'pleased that the strikers have decided to return to work'and looked forward to a 'smooth transition to normal working'.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said they had shown 'great strength and perseverance'and would 'return to work united with their heads held high'.