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.
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 workpalce. Please 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.
Unison is seeing record recruitment in the run up to the strike with over 90 people joining the branch in September alone. Please encourage your work colleagues to join today. Ayone joining can join the strike.
More information on the strike and pay campaign is available at www.ouh.org.uk
The NHS strike will be followed by strikes in local government, education and the civil service. The week of action will be followed by a joint union national demonstration called by the TUC. Oxfordshire Unison health branch is providing free transport to and from the march for members and families.