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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.

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

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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)

Pay campaign and living wage meeting

UNISON Oxfordshire Health Branch has organised a public meeting at Oxford Town Hall 7pm on 18th November to step up the pay campaign and particularly the battle to win the Living Wage of at least £8.59 an hour. Come along and get your views across!

Speakers: Imran (UNISON Steward, John Radcliffe Hospital), Wendy Bond (member of Living Wage Commission), Councillor Van Coulter (Oxford City Council) and Roger McKenzie (UNISON Assistant General Secretary).

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

Follow up the strike by working to rule

On Monday healthworkers across England united to fight the government attacks on NHS pay.  Nurses, porters, midwives, ambulance crews, cooks, cleaners, receptionist, medical secretaries, technicians, estates and many others joined the strike, with many thousands taking part in pickets of their workplaces.

In Oxford over 300 people took part in pickets at the JRII, Churchill, Horton, NOC, Warneford, Abigndon, Litlemore, and Wallingford hospitals, with additional pickets at East Oxford health centre and Manzil Way offices in East Oxford.

Now we have 4 days of working to rule where UNISON is calling on members to take their breaks and to leave work on time.  NHS staff are estimated to give tens of millions of hours of unpaid labour each year - yet their pay is shrinking!

 

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  

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