TEXT_SIZE

Strike on Monday 24th then work to rule for 7 days

Mondays strike sees more unions joining the NHS pay dispute and protests occurring across the county - and the rest of England.

Nursing staff, occupational therapists porters, domestics and catering staff, health scientists, admin and clerical workers will be joined by midwives, dieticians, Xray staff and many more.

And the strike too is spreading across the county - not just in big centres - as more unions join the action to win fair pay for NHS staff.  More people are realising that the future of the NHS depends on a serious challenge to the government programme of cuts and privatisation.  Many are appalled at the prospect of a major American weapons manufacturer bidding to run £1 billion of NHS services when the NHS was barred from bidding. 

The last strike day saw hundreds support the picket lines across Oxfordshire hospitals.  Lets make them bigger this time to let the government know we can't work harder for less.  The picket lines will start  just before 7am and will go on till 11am or 12noon (for Radiology).  

Picket lines will run from 6.30 am and are listed below, plus some frequently asked questions about the strikes and emergency cover.

  • John Radcliffe hospital  1.  Headley Way road entrance  OX3 7SS  2.  Ostler Road entrance  OX3 9BH
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic centre OX3 7LD 1. Windmill Road entrance   2.  Old Road entrance
  • Churchill Hospital will be located junction of Churchill and Roosevelt drives OX3 7LF
  • Warneford Hospital Main gate on Roosevelt Drive OX3 7JX, plus overflow carpark and side gate entrance on Warneford lane
  • Littlemore Hospital main gate and Oxford clinic entrance OX4 4XN
  • Horton General hospital - Oxford Road entrance
  • Slade Hospital
  • Wantage hospital main gate
  • Abingdon hospital main gate
  • Wallingford hospital main gate
  • Witney Hospital main entrance
  • Boundary Brook House
  • Witney Hospital

Download strike bulletin 2

Download strike bulletin 3

Members from the following unions will be participating: UNISON, Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Union of Construction,Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), Society of Radiographers (SoR), British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), GMB, Unite the Union, Managers in Partnership (MiP), Prison Officers Association (POA), Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), British Dietetic Association (BDA)

 
Strike FAQs

Q. When will the strike take place?
A. Unison will be striking 7 am to 11 am on November 24th. Other health unions are expected to strike alongside. In the same week up to a million council workers, civil servants and further education lecturers will also strike.

Q. I didn’t vote for strike should I join the action.
A. YES! Respecting the vote is central to our democracy.

Q. Can I be sacked for taking strike action?
A. NO! Staff cannot be disciplined for taking part in legal strike action.

Q. Do I have to tell my employer I am striking?
A. No. Unison will give the required legal notice informing employers of all members intention to strike?

Q. Won’t striking hurt patients?
A. NO! Nurses taking effective strike action without hurting patients is a possible and easier than people think! On a strike day employers should only be running a Christmas day service. Unison members in essential services can be replaced by managers and non-striking RCN members redeployed from closed services.

All NHS bodies have emergency contingency plans to cover all instances where large numbers of staff fail to come to work - such as major transport disruptions due to floods and snow. Unlike these emergencies which employers are prepared to cope with, a strike is a planned event so employers have time to prepare emergency cover for patients.

If the Trust plans genuinely fail they are instructed to approach the union to ask for dispensation for critical essential staff to cross a picket line.  if in doubt be on your local picket line - if you are needed in an emergency stewards can let you know.

When staff struck on 30 Nov 2011 in defence of NHS pensions, and on the October 13th strike day no harm came to any patients in the core services that had to remain open - the trusts redeployed non-union, RCN and non-union managers to essential areas where necessary.


Q. How will emergency cover be arranged?
A. Employers will approach Unison officials to ask for dispensation for certain members to work if needed. If you are not given dispensation by Unison you should not be working.

Q. If I join unison now will I be able to take part in the strike / industrial action and have the legal protection for the union against dismissal?
A. Yes - you can join up at any time to participate in the action

Q. If I lose money and get into hardship can I get help?
A. Unison Oxforshire Health branch has an industrial action fund of over £20,000 and has a welfare fund which you can apply to.

Q. Can staff working for private contractors strike? Those on RoE contracts (Trust Contracts) can strike and take industrial action.
A. Those employed through agency should work normally. Those on G4S, Carillion, Mightie or Arramark

NHS pay strike escalates - all out Nov 24

Hundreds of thousands of NHS staff struck on October 13th.  The strike was strongly supported by porters, cleaners, admin and clerical staff.  Many clinical grades including nurses and midwives joined the strike without hurting patients as managers ran reduced services (Xmas day cover) and redeployed from non-essential areas.   No Unison members were needed to cross picket lines for emergency cover.  Close to 300 staff attended picket lines at Oxfordshire hospitals, with many more joining the strike.

Now the dispute has grown with more unions joining the fight and holding joint action.  13 NHS unions will be striking between 7 am and 11 am on Monday 24th November against ongoing attacks on NHS pay that have seen wages fall by an average of 10% in the last 4 years.  The aim of the strike is to win a wage rise for all this year and an above inflation pay rise next year.

The mood for the strike has sharpened as a result of the government making it clear it wants to cut unsocial hours payments as part of next year's pay settlement that will cut wages for shift workers, with some losing thousands of pounds.  This comes at a time when many more staff are expected to work evenings and weekends - but the government wants the unsopcial hours for no extra pay.

Unison calls on all members in the NHS to stand with members striking on Nov 24th and standing up to a government committed to wrecking the NHS with cuts and privatisation.

There will be pickets at the following locations and members are asked to join the picket lines at:

  • John Radcliffe hospital  1.  Headley Way road entrance  OX3 7SS  2.  Ostler Road entrance  OX3 9BH
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic centre OX3 7LD 1. Windmill Road entrance   2.  Old Road entrance
  • Churchill Hospital will be located junction of Churchill and Roosevelt drives OX3 7LF
  • Warneford Hospital Main gate on Roosevelt Drive OX3 7JX, plus overflow carpark and side gate entrance on Warneford lane
  • Littlemore Hospital main gate and Oxford clinic entrance OX4 4XN
  • Horton General hospital - Hightown Road entrance
  • Wantage hospital main gate
  • Abingdon hospital main gate
  • Wallingford hospital main gate
  • Witney Hospital main entrance
  • Boundary Brook House

Download strike bulletin 2

Download strike bulletin 3

Members from the following unions will be participating: UNISON, Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Union of Construction,Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), Society of Radiographers (SoR), British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), GMB, Unite the Union, Managers in Partnership (MiP), Prison Officers Association (POA), Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), British Dietetic Association (BDA)

Are you entitled to more holiday pay?

This is important – please read if you work on commission, work overtime, receive a bonus, shift premium or any other payment that is not paid for holiday periods.

The European Court has recently ruled in a UNISON case that workers ought not to suffer financially when they take annual leave.  This means that if you receive any of the above payments or any other additional payments when you are at work (other than expenses) but do not receive them for periods when you are on holiday, you may be able to claim back pay in respect of non-payment of these additional sums. 

Needless to say employers will be seeking to limit the amounts they have to pay out in back pay so people who think they are affected need to complete a CASE form as soon as posible to allow Unison solicitors to lodge a claim on their behalf.

You can download a CASE form here to make a claim.

For NHS staff their additional unsocial hours payment for annual leave is often paid monthly as a fraction of their total unsocial hours payment.  the fraction is 12.5% and usually appears as WTD.  if you have other bonuses that are only paid when you are working and the 12.5% is not   applied you may have a claim. Some ancillary staff at the OUHT are paid overtime and their is no additional fraction aded suggesting they are not paid the overtime when on annual leave.

Health workers to stage second four - hour stoppage as pay row escalates

Download strike poster to display in your work area

UNISON has confirmed that its members working in the NHS in England will stage a four-hour stoppage between 7am and 11am on Monday 24 November.  This will be followed by a week of action short of strike action between Tuesday 25 and Sunday 30 November when members will work to rule and not do any unpaid overtime.

A recent Income Data Services (IDS) survey for NHS trade unions revealed that increased workload, low pay, constant restructures and the stresses of the job are among the reasons why two thirds (66%) of NHS workers have considered quitting.

Christina McAnea, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS staff side trade unions, said: "For many in the NHS, last month’s strike was a first. The next industrial action will be bigger as more unions will be joining it. Jeremy Hunt needs to listen to NHS workers who feel this Government is treating them with contempt.

 "NHS workers are overworked and underpaid. Most patients would be shocked to know that one in five of the NHS workers who care for them need to do a second job just to survive and many have to borrow money every month to make ends meet or resort to foodbanks."

Read more: Health workers to stage second four - hour stoppage as pay row escalates

Join the picket lines on October 13 NHS wide strike


Up to 500,000 NHS staff in Unison, Unite, GMB and Royal College of Midwives will be on strike between 7 am and 11 am this coming Monday 13th October.

Striking staff will be standing up to a government that has cut NHS wages by 10% and is wrecking the NHS with cuts and privatisation.  Not content with years of pay freezes, the government now wants to cut unsocial hours pay.  Enough is enough.

Everyone who wants to defend the NHS and stop the fall in living standards should join the strike on Monday.

The Oxford University Trust is claiming that certain exemptions from strike action have been agreed with UNISON. This is not the case.  Members do NOT need to phone Firstcare to report their absence nor do they need to tell their managers they are striking.

Please would ALL members employed by Oxford Health Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, and Southern Health Trust,  proceed to strike action 7am - 11am as the strike ballot mandates.

There will be pickets at the following locations and members are asked to join the picket lines at:

  • John Radcliffe hospital  1.  Headley Way road entrance  OX3 7SS  2.  Ostler Road entrance  OX3 9BH
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic centre OX3 7LD 1. Windmill Road entrance   2.  Old Road entrance
  • Churchill Hospital will be located junction of Churchill and Roosevelt drives OX3 7LF
  • Warneford Hospital Main gate on Roosevelt Drive OX3 7JX, plus overflow carpark and side gate entrance on Warneford lane  
  • Littlemore Hospital main gate and Oxford clinic entrance OX4 4XN
  • Horton General hospital - Hightown Road entrance
  • Wantage hospital main gate
  • Abingdon hospital main gate
  • Wallingford hospital main gate

Pickets are shown on the map here  

Important information on the national NHS strike on Monday October 13


Up to 500,000 NHS staff in Unison, Unite, GMB and Royal College of Midwives will be on strike between 7 am and 11 am this coming Monday 13th October.

Striking staff will be standing up to a government that has cut NHS wages by 10% and is wrecking the NHS with cuts and privatisation.  Not content with years of pay freezes, the government now wants to cut unsocial hours pay.  Enough is enough.

Everyone who wants to defend the NHS and stop the fall in living standards should join the strike on Monday.

The Oxford University Trust is claiming that certain exemptions from strike action have been agreed with UNISON. This is not the case.  Members do NOT need to phone Firstcare to report their absence nor do they need to tell their managers they are striking.

Please would ALL members employed by Oxford Health Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, and Southern Health Trust,  proceed to strike action 7am - 11am as the strike ballot mandates.

There will be pickets at the following locations and members are asked to join the picket lines at:

  • John Radcliffe hospital  1.  Headley Way road entrance  OX3 7SS  2.  Ostler Road entrance  OX3 9BH
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic centre OX3 7LD 1. Windmill Road entrance   2.  Old Road entrance
  • Churchill Hospital will be located junction of Churchill and Roosevelt drives OX3 7LF
  • Warneford Hospital Main gate on Roosevelt Drive OX3 7JX, plus overflow carpark and side gate entrance on Warneford lane  
  • Littlemore Hospital main gate and Oxford clinic entrance OX4 4XN
  • Horton General hospital - Hightown Road entrance
  • Wantage hospital main gate
  • Abingdon hospital main gate
  • Wallingford hospital main gate

Pickets are shown on the map here  

More on the pay dispute here

Don't forget to book your seat on the Oxfordshire transport to the national "Britain needs a pay rise" march on October 18th.

More Articles...

  1. Unison NHS members meeting to build the October 13 NHS strike
  2. Build the October 13 strike
  3. 500,000 NHS staff expected to strike in October
  4. Government wants weekends and nights for no extra pay
  5. Campaign against car parking charges in OHFT

Page 1 of 5

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET

WOMENS SELF ORGANISED GROUP OUTING

BCM

SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2013
COACH LEAVING OXFORD 10 AM ST GILES
COACH LEAVING BATH 6 PM
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR SEAT ONLINE
SEATS ARE FREE TO OXFORDSHIRE UNISON HEALTH BRANCH MEMBERS
BEST WISHES - SUSAN PARKINSON
BRANCH WOMEN’S SELF ORGANISED GROUP OFFICER