Kelvin Makenzie, the UNISON Assistant General Secretary will be speaking at the Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch Annual General Meeting this Saturday 25th January, 6 pm, Four Pillars Hotal, Abigndon Rd, Oxford. The meeting is open to all branch members.
One of the main concerns will be the announcement by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, that NHS staff can have no pay rise unless we accept cuts in our terms and conditions. The cuts proposed by employers include cuts in annual leave, removal of the incremental pay progression and further cuts in sick pay.
The AGM is a chance for branch members to tell UNISON leadership what they want to happen. We will be debating and voting on a motion calling for a defence of pay. A large turnout for the vote will send a strong message to UNISON's leadership that we won't accept further cuts and we want them to turn the words of the Worth It campaign into action. We know we have had 12-16% cuts since 2008, now we want a plan to halt this decline and recover what we have had taken away.
Anyone attending the AGM before 7 pm will be eligible for entry into the prize raffle that will be drawn at the end of the meeting. After the meeting their will be a party with a meal paid from branch funds for those who book. This year the party will be celebrating Anthea Parson's retirement as UNISON convenor.
All members can attend the AGM and party and can bring one guest for free but you must book a meal for each of you if you would like one to be provided on the night.
Meals can be booked here or through your local steward.