In the run up to the October 13th NHS wide strike Oxfordshire Unison health branch is producing strike bulletins to keep members informed of preparations for the strike.
The first bulletin can be downloaded from the link below and explains why we are striking, and also provides answers to questions about the rights of staff on strike, financial support for strikers, and arrangements for emergency cover.
Future bulletins will include contacts for Unison stewards for advice and locations of picket lines which all members are encouraged to respect and support. Pickets will run from before 7 am until 11 am on 13th October, and will be for all unions involved in the action. Please make arrangements now to be available to help picket your local workplace and let us know where you will be. If you are worried about emergency cover then the best place to be is on the picket line where stewards can direct you if management request emergency support (Unison did not recieve requests in the pensions strike as local emergency services were covered without requests to Unison for dispensation for members to work).
To make the strike as effective as possible Unison is looking for contacts in all wards and departments to help coordinate alongside Unison stewards, and also volunteers to help join leafleting sessions of hospital sites. Please contact 07503169657 if you would like to be a workplace contact or join i leafleting your workpalce. Please display the strike bulletin and poster in your workplace and circulate to your colleagues. Membership forms are available by reply to this email or the phone number above.
Unison members working in the NHS in England will strike for fair pay on Monday 13 October for four hours from 7am to 11am.
This will be followed by four days of action short of a strike, on Tuesday 14 October to Friday 17 October. This action will focus on making sure members take their breaks.
The industrial action ballot, which closed on 18 September saw 68% of those taking part vote for strike action and 88% for action short of a strike.
The health service group executive considered the ballot result on Friday 19 September and recommended the industrial action on 13 October with action short of a strike for the rest of week, which leads up the the TUC and STUC demonstrations in London and Glasgow on 18 October.
UNISON wants the NHS to be properly funded so that it can have enough staff who are well motivated and fairly paid. Our campaign is for:
At a time that staff are being asked to move to weekend and evening working, and when many core staff already work unsocial hours to ensure services are avaialable at night, weekends and bank holidays including Christmas, the attack on unsocical hours is likely to make people angrier and increase support for action in October.
Ask anyone who works at any of the Oxford health Foundation Trust main sites about car parking and then brace yourself for an outpouring of frustration. Staff and managers alike report difficulty finding places to park, often impacting on their ability to get their work done in the limited time available, stressing staff out and undermining the trust’s drive to ever greater efficiency.
Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza has created outrage round the world. More than 190 people have been killed in over 1,300 air strikes. Over 1000 more people have been injured. In the latest atrocity 4 children were killed by Israeli bombs while playing football on a beach.
Israel is targetting water treatment works, health services and other vital life sustaining infrastructure as a collective punishment of Palestinian people.
Dr Mona Qasim El-Farra works in a hospital in Gaza. She said, “I am appalled that Israeli propaganda claims they don’t attack civilians.“At least 70 percent of those killed are civilians. The injured are mostly civilians. Civilians are suffering."
Around the world people are protesting aganst the the latest offensive against the Palestinian people. In Oxfordshire 700 people demonstrated on Monday calling for an end to the bombing.
Oxfordshire Unison Health branch and the Oxfordshire CWU postal workers union leaderships are backing the national demonstration and are paying for members in Oxfordshire to go on the national march. Oxfordshire Unison Health branch has a strong position on opposition to all forms of oppression and supports the view that the state of Israel, like Apartheid South Africa, is based on racism.
Sat 19th July
opposite Downing Street,
(Embankment nearest tube)
to march to Israeli embassy.
Oxford transport to march for Gaza (organised by Oxford Palestinian Solidarity Campaign)
Will be departing from Oxford at 9.30am from outside Taylorian Institute, St Giles (map).
Unison Health branch members can claim back their coach fare on presentation of their coach ticket to their local steward or by calling 07503169657.
Across the UK healthworkers in UNISON, Unite and the RCN spent the day campaigning to reject this years derisory pay award that leaves all NHS staff worse off as prices contimue to rise above wages.
Oxford's main hositals saw thousands of leaflets distributed explaining the need for fair pay in the NHS. At the Warneford and JRII hospitals staff made their views known en masse with two protests.
50 staff from the Oxford health Trust, NOC and Churchill hospitals joined the Warneford Hospital lunch time protest.