On Tuesday 9th April UNISON's National Health Delegate Conference voted overwhelmingly to support a motion by Oxon and Bucks health branches of UNISON calling on the UNISON's Health Service Group Executive to open negotiations with NHS employers to extend London weighting to all NHS staff working in areas of the South East with comparable housing costs to London to enable NHS staff to afford to live in these high cost areas.
Oxfordshire MPs and NHS employers recognise that an additional cost of living allowance is needed to end the recruitment crisis in the county.
Rental prices in Oxford are typically the same as those areas of London that attract Outer London weighting which is worth an additional 15% of wages up to a maximum of £4800.
The next step in the campaign is to strengthen the negotiators bargaining position and impress on the employers the need to meet the demand to extend London weighting to Oxford to address the staffing crisis.
Oxfordshire UNISON health branch has called a march on June 1st for London weighting to end the staffing crisis, and against ongoing cuts and privatisation. Assemble 11 AM, Manzil Way, East Oxford.