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:
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.
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]
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.
Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch is calling on members to support a demonstration against the racist and fascist EDL holding a national march in Oxford on Saturday 4th April. Oxford residents opposed to racism and fascism will be assembling for a peaceful protest in Bonn Square from 12 noon to show that the majority reject the EDL's racist lies as they try and scapegoat minorities, particular Muslims, for problems in society. Facebook event
Local trade unions, including Oxfordshire Unison health branch, plus over 300 people have signed an open letter condemning the decision by the English Defence League to call a national demonstration in Oxford following the jailing of a group of men for sexual exploitation of children. Local councillors, trade union activists, and residents and students in Oxford are included in those who accuse the EDL of exploiting the suffering of these victims of abuse in an attempt to stir up race hatred against the Muslim community and to build there fascist organisation here.
Stand Up To Racism
• Stop the scapegoating of immigrants
• No to Islamophobia
• Yes to diversity
• No to anti-Semitism
Called by Stand up to Racism - Backed by Unison, Unite, PCS and UAF
March 21st - national demonstration
Far right and fascist organisations are gaining support across Europe including in Britain by using arguments that wrongly blame immigrants for the fall in living standards, economic problems and austerity. Just this weekend there was a large scale racist demonstration in Newcastle organised by PERGIDA. It was only the presence of thousands of trade union members and anti-racists that prevented the racist arguments winning the the day.
In the UK there is a tidal wave of Islamophobia and racism coming from the top of society—and it will worsen during the election campaign—but this has produced a strong anti-racist reaction from a significant number of people.
It is vital we demonstrate against attempts by the rich and powerful to divide and rule us. We need unity against austerity.