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

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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.

Unison NHS members meeting to build the October 13 NHS strike

The meeting will take place

at 7 pm on Tue 7th Oct

at

Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldates

Open to all employees of Oxford Health Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Southern Health Trust and students.  None members are welcome to join at the meeting.

The meeting will discuss:

  1. the general pay issue – why we need to take action
  2. methods of campaigning, building support in the workplace, community and use of social media etc.
  3. organisation on the 13th, agency workers, and rules of picketing, claiming hardship etc
  4. ongoing action – the work-to-rule, the national TUC pay march, and future strikes

More information on pay dispute www.ouh.org.uk

Support for strike grows

Unite, GMB, Royal College of Midwives, and Society of Radiographers have also voted for strike action.  The SoR haven't decided their strike dates yet but the others will strike with Unison on October 13th bring the total NHS staff called out to over 400,000.  This is the first time the RCM has voted to strike in its 13 year history and is a reflection of the depth of anger people feel about the attacks on wages and NHS services.

Don't fall for management tricks

Some local NHS managers are trying to weaken the strike by telling staff to work "for the sake of the patients".  This is rich coming from people who are implementing cuts locally and remain silent about government cuts and privatisation that are wrecking the NHS. 

Unison members need to stand together on the strike day against those wrecking the NHS and our terms and conditions.  No member should be tricked into helping the bosses and Tories undermine the fight for living wages and a properly funded NHS. 

The Unions will provide emergency cover where needed.  If you don't receive a direct instruction from Unison to go into work then you should not cross a picket line no matter what your boss says.

Join your local picket

Pickets are expected to assemble at the following sites from 6.30 am:

  • John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
  • Churchill Hospital
  • Horton general
  • Abingdon Hospital
  • Littlemore Hospital
  • Warneford Hospital
  • Wantage Hospital
  • Slade hospital

Build the October 13 strike

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.

Download strike bulletin No1.

Download strike poster

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 in leafleting your workpalcePlease 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.

Read more: Build the October 13 strike

500,000 NHS staff expected to strike in October

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:

  • immediate payment of the 1% consolidated sum to everyone, as recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body;
  •     the living wage of £7.65 an hour for low paid staff;
  •     an above inflation pay rise for 2015-16;
  •     a commitment to future pay rises that will restore the value of NHS pay.

Read more: 500,000 NHS staff expected to strike in October

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