mfln4834 hiAt the end of August porters at the JRII hospital reluctantly voted to accept a Unison brokered deal that protected the shifts and wages of porters at JRII.

The deal brought to an end a dispute that saw the porters vote 100% to strike on an 80% turnout against plans to impose changes to shifts that would have left porters hundreds of pounds a month worse off and created shift patterns that were unworkable for many of them.  The porters vote for strike drew a lot of public attention and support from across the country.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Mark Ladbrooke

Firstly many, many thanks to all the UNISON members who took part in our pay strikes and for those of you who participated in the picket line extra thanks is richly deserved.

Our union would be nothing without the willingness of members to speak out against injustice - across Oxfordshire on each strike day we estimate some 250 union members came along to picket lines and many more stayed away on strike refusing to work for falling levels of real pay. Of course it was a great pleasure to work with colleagues from other unions, striking midwives in the RCM, Radiographers in the SoR and our brothers and sisters in UNITE and the GMB.

The OUH stewards team would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our recent survey of staff working for and with Carillion Services. We’ve had a great response and our conversations with you have given us a lot of valuable insight into how you feel about working at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The general themes emerging from our research indicate that your concerns centre around:

  • a lack of respect from - and poor treatment by – other hospital staff
  • poor pay and job security
  • lack of decent equipment to do the job properly
  • no designated areas in which to take a break.

Just after Xmas large scale down bandings were announced by the management of the Oxford Centre for Enablement. Twenty-eight highly qualified and experienced band 7 and 8 allied health professionals were to be reduced in numbers by 75% down to two 8s from three and down to five band 7s.After the initial shock and anger, members of all the Unions met en masse and gathered together a huge body of evidence that demonstrates the detrimental effect this would have on the services.