We support the junior doctors strike

Junior doctors hav voted 98% to strike on a 76% turnout.

Oxfordshire Unison Health branch committee has issued the following statement about the junior doctors strike;
"Oxfordshire Health services branch of Unison fully supports junior doctors taking strike action against plans to impose a new contract that will cut unsocial hours pay and enforce loss of incremental pay.

We utterly condemn Jeremy Hunt and his latest attack on the NHS and its staff. We know that if the attack on the junior doctors is sucessful the government will seek to impose similar cuts on other NHS staff. We call on our branch members to support any picket lines and protests by the junion doctors."

You can show your support for the doctors striking by displaying this poster in your worklace too.

Doctors have announced strikes on:

  • Emergency care only — from 8am, Tuesday 1 December to 8am Wednesday 2 December
  • Full walk out — from 8am to 5pm, Tuesday 8 December
  • Full walk out — from 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 16 December

March on Sunday 4 October – “NO to austerity - Yes to workers’ rights”

Jeremy Corbyn's overwhelming victory in the Labour leadship election shows the strength of the mood in the country to fight austerity. Corbyn speaking out against austerity will help give hope to those who want to see the back of the Tories - we need to amplify that opposition outside parliament. We can't wait 5 years until the next election to do this - we need to mobilise the new mood for change now, and that is why we are calling on Unison members to join the national TUC march at the Tory conference on October 4th.

Oxfordshire Transport to the march - free to Unison members and their families.  Book your seats online today.

Read more: March on Sunday 4 October – “NO to austerity - Yes to workers’ rights”

NO to austerity - YES to workers rights

The TUC, supported by major national trade unions,  has called a national demonstration at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on October 4th against austerity and in defence of workers' rights.

Oxford and District TUC, Unison Oxfordshire Health branch, Banbury GMB and Oxford Peoples Assembly Against Austerity are working together to fund and coordinate transport from across Oxfordshire to the march and are seeking support from other Oxfordshire trade union branches and campaigns.  In June Oxfordshire unions successfully worked together to take coaches from across Oxfordshire to join the 250,000 strong "End Austerity Now" demonstration. 

Now we want to take people to Manchester to march on the Tory party conference.  If you would like to join us you can book your seat on the Oxfordshire transport using by clicking on the graphic at the top of the page.  Seats are free to UNISON Health branch members and their familiy and members of supporting unions. £12 for non-union waged and £6 concessions.

There is an urgent need to continue to mobilise in the face of an escalation in government attacks and growing inequality:

Read more: NO to austerity - YES to workers rights

Solidarity with Greek unions fighting austerity

Solidarity from Oxfordshire Unison Health Branch Executive committee

The Unison Oxfordshire Health branch committee has sent a solidarity message to the ADEDY union federation of public sector workers in Greece which has called a general strike for Wednesday 15th July demanding that the Syriza government does not accept the harshest and most humiliating set of cuts and austerity on Greece in exchange for the possibility of a new set of loans.

"Oxi" is Greek for no.  UK trade unions will  also be saying "no" to austerity in the UK on 4th October in Manchester when there will be a huge demonstration outside the Tory party conference.

Read more: Solidarity with Greek unions fighting austerity

Ballot for strike action at John Radcliffe Hospital

UNISON members at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford are being encouraged to vote YES for strike action this week in response to Carillion's plans to change shift patterns and merge supervisor and dispatcher roles.

The porters at John Radcliffe- who are nearly all UNISON members, are facing pay cuts and job losses amid huge pressure from management to accept the proposals.

After a long period of negotiation by the UNISON team to ensure the lowest possible impact on pay and jobs, both parties have failed to agree and Carillion is now planning to implement the changes from 8 July 2015. 

In response to Carillion’s proposals, members who attended UNISON meetings in late May voted in support of a strike ballot and a public campaign, to put pressure on Carillion to reconsider their changes and protect pay and jobs.

Consultative workplace ballots have indicated unanimous support for strike action, with one member commenting:

"This is not just about pay and jobs, it's about dignity at work."

The ballot will run from 22nd June- 3rd July.

You can send messages of support to the porters at [email protected]

No cook chill in our community hospitals

Unison, Unite and RCN stewards in Oxfordshire Health NHS Trust have launched a pertition calling for the trust to reconsider the decision to introduce "cook chill" catering system in Oxfordshire's community hospitals.

Patient groups have already raised concern about the impact the reduction in quality in cook chill food will have on patient's nutritional intake.  There is already evidence that patients in areas that have already have cook chill vote with their feet and order in food in preference to the hospital food provided if they can afford it. The use of take away food puts patients at risk of poor nutrition and loss of control over food safety.  The problem is of such significance that the trust has had to bring in a policy whereby nursing staff have the additional work of policing food outlets patients order in from and performing safety checks on the food when it is delivered. 

Poorly nuitritioned patients can take longer to recover potentially raising costs of hospital stays.  Impoverishing staff through unemployment is likely to impact negatively on the well being of staff, as is the increased use of low paid staff in cook chill companies, with associated increased demands on the NHS.  The requirement for nurses to monitor take-away food distracts them from other aspects of care. 

All this raises the spectre of the "cook chill" project being a false economy, driven by the government demand for cuts rather than any joined up thinking about the real costs of healthcare of the population the trust is supposed to be serving.

The petition can be signed online here.  A printed version can be downloaded here.

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