#NHSPay Strike great turnout!
Thanks to all our members who took action on Monday 24th November. The four hour strike was very well supported by our members and our sister unions but also we were warmly supported by the public and we got great press coverage on the day. Well done to everyone and thanks goes to Plymouth Trades Council for providing a much welcomed breakfast barbecue & brazier to keep us warm.
It’s not over yet don’t forget action short of strike action continues until 30th December
Take your breaks! Only work your contracted hours!
Health members to stage
second four-hour stoppage
as pay row escalates.
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 30November 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.
Derriford UNISON will be holding a “breakfast barbeque picket”
Main entrance Derriford road
Joining us will be #GMB #UNITE #RCM #SCoR
Derriford UNISON would like to wish Branch Chair
Mike Eaglestone a very happy and long retirement.
Mike has been a great help and support to the branch
and his input to the JSNC meetings has been invaluable.
Thanks Mike, for everything you have done for UNISON but
most importantly the work you have done for our members.
It’s been a blast, and we will miss you!
NHS Heath workers set to strike Monday 13th October
The strike action - the first in the NHS over pay for over 30 years –
takes place from 7am until 11am on Monday 13 October.
This will be followed by four days of action short of a strike,
on Tuesday 14 October to Friday 17 October,
focused on making sure members take their breaks.
They will be joined by colleagues in other unions and,
for the first time in their history, midwives are also taking strike action.
Derriford staff will be taking strike action on
Monday 13th October
"BREAKFAST PICKET" & CUP OF TEA (FREE)
FOUR official picket lines on Monday 13th October Between 7am – 11am
1. Main Entrance Derriford (bus entrance) MAIN MEETING POINT – UNISON GMB UNITE RCM unions and members plus supporters
2. Main Entrance Derriford (Bus exit/car entrance/exit) All unions and members
3. Brest Road/Morlaix Drive (Unite reps)
4. Bush Park (Estover) – Main Gate, (GMB Reps)
If you’re working a late shift on Monday 13th don’t feel left
out of the mornings action, Derriford UNISON officers are
hosting an open meeting for members and all unions to
attend in the Derriford Health & Leisure centre at
6pm find out more about our continued action
Officers and reps will be thereto answer any questions
Speakers are booked and
conrtibutions/questions from the floor are welcomed
Free Tea & Coffee
Action short of strike action
is when members
stop working through their breaks
and instead take their breaks and to
only work their
proper contracted hours
If you have any questions about taking
industrial action that you don’t see
answered below please contact us
Q: Will there be any repercussions for me from my
Manager if I go on strike?
A: No, UNISON will protect you from any repercussions
Q: I have received a letter from my employer to say I will be
in breach of my contract if I go on strike
does this mean I can’t take action?
A: No, you are protected from being dismissed for breach
of contract if you are taking part in lawful industrial action.
If you are worried the best thing to do is
take the letter along to your UNISON rep
Q: Do I have to take action?
A: We would expect our members to take part in industrial action.
However, in order to keep patients safe,
some members will be asked to work so we can provide
emergency cover during any industrial action
this is called exemption.
Q: I am not a UNISON member can I take part in the action?
A: If you are an NHS worker you can join UNISON now or you can join on
the picket line and still go on strike,
reps will be on the picket line to advise you.
Q: I am not working that morning what can I do to support?
A: You can join your workmates on the picket lines they
would appreciate your support - there
is an evening open meeting
for all to attend with free tea and coffee
to discuss “what next”
(see details near top of page)
Q: Incremental pay progression is a pay rise isn’t it?
A: No, the government is hiding its failure to give you a pay rise behind the systems in place to reward
enhanced knowledge & skills
Q: Will I lose pay if I go on strike?
A: Yes, but some branches have fighting funds
to reimburse their members
Q: Can my manager ask me if I am going on strike?
A: Yes, but you do not have to answer the question
You can make a choice of either
No, Yes, decline to answer or undecided
Q: Won’t strike action damage patient care?
A: We want to maximise the disruption to services but minimise
the impact on patient care. UNISON’s priority is to protect services
for patients and protect pay, terms and conditions
for hardworking NHS staff - this action is all about patient care.
NHS staff have been denied a pay rise following
the government’s decision to ignore the
independent Pay Review Body’s recommendation.
This means 60% of NHS staff and 70% of nurses
won’t get a pay rise for the next two years!
Local Government UNISON action currently postponed
PCS (civil service union) members will follow on the 15th
then we will see the largest demonstration of
trade unionists and workers in London for the
Britain Needs A Pay Rise demo called by the TUC.
Derriford UNISON members will be able to go
FREE of charge on the
Plymouth Trades Union Council coach
To book your seat please email our branch secretary
Or call our office phone and leave your contact details
mobile 07432 548897
Many NHS staff are demoralised and demotivated.
This has a massive impact on the quality
of care that patients receive.
Recent high profile reports have identified the
importance of good staff engagement and morale in delivering high quality patient care.
UNISON’s evidence to the Pay Review Body showed
that over half of UNISON members surveyed
reported an increase in the number of patients
they were looking after, with more than 60% reporting
that they had taken on additional duties.
UNISON #NHS PAY ballot is now open
Please vote #YES
While MP's see fit to reward themselves with a decent payrise
apparently #NHS Staff are not worth more than 1% unconsolidated
(so nothing next year)
Want to see how much #NHSPay you have lost?
Click the link below
UNISON members working in the NHS are being balloted for action.
This year most NHS staff won't get a cost of living pay rise. UNISON believes this is an insult to our members in the NHS and the vital work they do. Members will be voting over industrial action between 28 August and 18 September.
July 10 was a fanstatic show of strength from all Trade Unions
see Plymouth Trades Council website for pictures
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEMBERS SET FOR DAY OF ACTION
UNISON have confirmed that its local government
and school support staff members in England,
Wales and Northern Ireland will be taking
one day of strike action on 10 July in support
of better pay. The decision was taken
following a yes vote in a strike ballot.
UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:
“We have a clear majority for strike action
so a one day strike will go ahead on 10 July
We expect to be joined in that action by other unions
in local government and will be campaigning
amongst our members for maximum
support on that day.
“Many of our members are low paid women
earning barely above the minimum wage,
who care for our children, our elderly and our vulnerable
and they deserve better treatment than they have had
at the hands of this Government. The employers must get
back into talks immediately to avoid a damaging dispute.
Our Branch Secretary Suzy Franklin said
“The story is familiar in Health, the majority of our
membership are also low paid women,
the government’s 1% pay offer is an insult
to hard press, stressed out
NHS staff, we are hoping
that Health workers will be balloted soon and
our branch committee is
confidant that the result will be the same
as local government”
Plymouth Trades Union Council are organising a city centre
march and rally
see www.plymouth-tuc.org website or
Facebook page for details
If you have the day off why not go and show your
“All in this together?
We are worth more than 1%”
The real value of UK pay packets has fallen
by 7% since the 2008 crash,
the longest fall in real wages since the 1870s
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There must be an end to the NHS pay freeze
It comes at a critical time for the NHS and for staff who face continued attacks from government intent on driving in more competition - a byword for privatisation - cuts to staffing levels and to pay and conditions.
UNISON's latest survey of nurses found staff stretched to danger point.
The survey, which was taken on a typical day in the life of the NHS, showed nursing staff caring for too many patients, working through breaks and beyond their hours, but still going home with the feeling that work was left undone and patient care compromised.
Speaking at the Health conference, I called again for an end to the pay freeze and squeeze that has blighted so many lives.
Delegates at UNISON Health Conference have voted to move to a strike ballot over pay. It's no wonder members are angry and I share that anger and frustration. I pledged the full support and backing of the union.
Health workers have seen the value of their pay fall by between 10% and 14% since the coalition came to power. And to add insult to injury, last month the government swept aside the pay review body's recommendation and insisted instead on a 1% non-consolidated pay increase only to staff at the top of their incremental scale.
Freezing the NHS budget has led to a catalogue of cuts and closures and patients and staff are bearing the brunt.
That is why it's so important for members to get together, listen to the debates and plan for the future.
It is only by working together and building a stronger union that we can fight back, because together we can win – Dave Prentis UNISON General Secretary
1% pay offer
UNISON’s senior health activists met recently and agreed an emergency motion calling for a ballot for industrial action over the Government’s decision to ignore the Pay Review Body’s recommendations and only give a 1% increase to staff not entitled to an increment. The decision means that 70% of nurses will not get a pay rise this year. The union is due to debate pay on Tuesday 15 April at its annual Health Conference in Brighton.
NHS Staff please complete this survey it only takes a few seconds
Your views are vital
UNISON your friend at work
UNISON and Staff Side unions are very disappointed with PHNT’s decision today (March 28th) to go ahead and implement the parking price increase from April 1st. Our members turned out today to the lobby and were hoping that the board would consider a review and listen to their concerns, Staffside presented the parking petition with well over 2050 signatures and over 200 comments on how angry staff feel.
One staff member Claire said “many of her workmates work partime and live in Cornwall so driving to work was an only option and some will have to consider giving up their jobs because of this increase, which in real terms is a pay cut”
We have heard this from many of our members, some will see their parking fees rise to over £500 per year.
The Trusts reaction was that its a decision they made with "a heavy heart"
How will this effect patient care? The NHS is a caring profession by nature and to justify this increase just adds insult to injury to staff who already give their all. Recruitment has proved to be difficult, the Trust recently had to go abroad for nursing staff, how will you attract the best staff with this sort of announcement?
Band 1’s and 2’s will be protected but if you’re working in a place where you want to improve your skills applying for jobs for a band 3 position, where is the incentive to apply? All this topped off with the awful 1% pay offer from the government which won’t even come near the added cost of parking fee rises.
We will now discuss with our members, staff and staff side unions all options on how they may wish to continue to fight this unfair decision. Please keep your comments coming on the petition below, we will keep it open for a few more days.
Derriford Staffside UNIONS Car Parking Petition now live and gained over 800 signitures on its first day, please sign and share with workmates
There is also an oppotunity for you to leave comments and tell the Trust just what you
think of the increase in charges, we know many of our members are furious but please be polite and respectfull in you comments thanks -
everyone is welcome to attend staffside lobby on march 28th Derriford health & leisure center 08:30 untill 09:30 as much time as you can spare, the board will make their final decision on parking fees at this meeting, please come along and show your support
Alison Seabeck MP who recently contributed to our paper petition wich is availble at Derriford Hospital, contact your union for details
Keep checking this site for updates on any news around this staff petition we will update as soon as we have any new announcements
Important Safe Staffing levels survey
UNISON will be running its third annual Safe Staffing Levels Survey on Tuesday 4 March 2014, and we’re asking you to participate. UNISON has been campaigning to improve staffing levels for years, but unfortunately we know that there still remain many workplaces with too few staff.
Tell your colleagues. Tell your friends who work in healthcare. Tell your branch. Get as many people involved as possible.
The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/staffinglevels2014
Please fill in your response between 4 March and 9am 10 March.
We won’t be counting responses filled in outside of this time period.
What you should keep track of during your shift on 4 March:
- How many hours your shift lasted
- Whether you worked any overtime (and how long it was)
- How many total patients there were during your shift
- How many total nurses there were during your shift
- Whether you took some, all or none of your breaks
- The percentage of your shift you spent working face to face with patients (exclude travel, paperwork, etc)
- How many bank and/or agency staff members worked on your shift
- Find out if your workplace has a set staffing ratio for nursing staff and if so, what it is
Thanks for taking part! With your help we can provide a better picture of the situation with staffing levels across the UK.
Results of our 2014 AGM elections are now listed on our who's who
page, we now have new officers in place.
We are a growing branch join us!
Congratulations to all the Officers and reps who are elected.
Well done to all our raffle ticket winners!
And thanks to all who attended, especially Councillor Jon Taylor former branch chair, was good to see you Jon!
Derriford members please sign this petition and help save our #NHS
If ever there was a time to join UNISON ladies and gentlemen now is it!
Its easy just fill in an application form which can be found on level 7 and 9 notice boards and post it back to the UNION room on level 9 addressed to UNISON
Or you can sign up straight away on line at www.unison.org
Our meeting dates are listed on the meeting page of this site
UNISON your friend at work!
Derriford UNISON members please sign this petition.
Jeremy Hunt recently lost his apeal against closing lewisham A&E. The law that protected it will be removed if clause 118 is passes
The Clause will allow the government to close down any hospital in the country with barley any consultation with local people if there is a trust in any financial difficulty nearby, to sign just click the link below
2014 UNISON Diaries are available to collect from the UNISON office on level 9
FREE to members, if you would like your posted please contact our branch secretary with your details
Please take part in this survey!
Employers say our NHS pay structure doesn’t work. If you think differently - that it’s cuts and pay freezes that are the real problem, vote YES in this poll now.
Staff Car Parking issues at out next meeting
If you have any issues/problems
we need to know!
Derriford UNISON next branch meeting is Thursday December 5th
Derriford Health & leisure Centre room 2 at 12:30
All UNISON members are warmly welcomed to attend and talk things over with your branch officers over a FREE cup of tea
Hope to see you there!
Save Weston General Hospital from Privatisation
A major threat is upon us. It could affect the health of your NHS and your NHS services.
There is a real threat of a private company taking over the running of Weston General Hospital.
Over recent months the Trust has been considering how it could secure its long term future and concluded in October 2012 to pursue a procurement route.
Recently the Trust has embarked upon this process – advertising for expressions of interest to engage in a competitive tendering process to find a partner organisation to deliver its services. One of the options suggested is "an operating franchise", which in effect means handing the hospital over to the private sector to run the hospital for profit. We understand a number of expressions of interest have been received and we suspect companies such as Serco and Circle have expressed an interest. In light of Hitchingbrooke this is a grave concern. Also of concern is the Trust's unwillingness to share information in an open and transparent manner.
We are beginning our campaign against the privatisation of the hospital and have created a Facebook page to communicate information. If you or your UNISON branch has a Facebook page please "Like" and "Share" our campaign page so we can increase the audience. Here is the link:
UNISON Derriford Branch Press release June 6th 2013
“More beds and staff for Derriford Hospital”
Is the headline in today Herald newspaper, see link here
About time we could argue, Derriford unions warned of the imposed cuts some time ago. We are still hearing from our members about the need for the return of matrons to wards. However it took the Francis report to bring about a change.
UNISON Derriford welcomes today’s announcement it is certainly a step in the right direction.
We still feel that staff morale in the trust needs addressing and hope that this announcement will go on to make a difference to all our members and non-members alike.
Patient safety is their top priority and always has been, but because of changes which were made in the past, workers are having to do more and more work to cover those who have gone, it’s no wonder mistakes were made, cutbacks are a recipe for disaster.
This governments cuts and privatisation agenda have had a devastating impact on our NHS we must resist cuts of any kind, let’s not forget that the rich are still getting richer, bankers bonuses are still on the rise while our vital public services suffer as a result of Tory ideology.
Together we can all build change and the Trust can get a clearer picture of staff concerns, together with our help we can all hope to see the end of negative headlines in the press which is why our JSNC (Joint Staff negotiation Committee) which involves all unions is such an important partnership.
Next Branch meeting is Thursday June 6th Derriford Health & Leisure centre
room 2 at 12:30
All members are welcome to attend for whatever time you can spare
Free refreshments available
UNISON your friend at work……
JOIN US AND GET ORGANISED……..
If you're struggling with the rising cost of living, and worried about how you'll be able to cope with back-to-school costs, UNISON might be able to help.
The union's welfare charity, There for You, has set up a limited fund to help with school uniform costs with a one-off payment of up to £120, and is now accepting applications from members on low incomes.
To apply, and to find out if you may be eligible you can contact your UNISON branch.
You will need to submit completed application forms by 5 July 2013
Derriford UNISON is delighted to announce a summer bonanza surprise for our members. Keep watching our UNISON notice boards on levels 3,5,6,7,and 9 for this very special offer, we think you’re going to like it!
Not a member? Join us today; you can sign up online at www.unison.org.uk
Or you can fill in a membership form available from notice boards on levels 6 and 9 at Derriford Hospital and return to the union office on level 9
Derriford UNISON members will be going to the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival 2013
Coach tickets now available to buy from the Plymouth TUC website.
Its Sunday 21st July an amazing family friendly day out of stalls, music, speeches from Frances O’Grady general secretary of the TUC and the ever popular march through the town. See the many trade Union banners and fantastic music bands. Billy Bragg will once again be entertaining the crowds as will the lovely Robb Johnson.
Come along for a great day out
Book your tickets now at
SW Consortium report March 1st UNISON response
A number of NHS Trusts in the South West, including Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, are working together to look at ways of reducing staff pay, terms and conditions. UNISON has warned of the potentially damaging impact on the NHS of proposals contained in the Business Case documents published by the South West Pay Consortium.
The document highlights the enormous financial pressure on NHS Trusts which it states will be "equivalent to a reduction in whole time equivalent ... 6,000 posts over the next three years", across 19 Trusts signed up to the consortium but recognises that "wholesale and arbitrary reductions in workforce ... may contribute to a decline in the quality of care offered and therefore patient safety".
While the report does not identify any immediate plans to implement changes outside the revised Agenda for Change agreement, it does signal future threats to terms and conditions, which could seriously damage industrial relations and quality of care for NHS patients in the region. Included in these threats are plans to merge so-called 'back office' functions and potential introduction of a two-tier employment regime.
Joanne Kaye regional secretary said "We call on these Trusts to take a step back and work with us to implement the national agreement. Staff morale across this Trust has already plummeted and we only have to look at the Francis Report in Mid-Staffordshire to see that where Trusts pursue financial savings at all costs, there may be dire consequences for patient care."
The Trust will be holding a series of staff meetings we urge you to attend – all date details below
Staff Meeting Dates to discuss pay consortium.
12th March 1330 – 1430 LectureTheatre John Bull Building
14th March 1200 – 1300 Seminar Room C, Terence Lewis Building level 5
20th March 1300 – 1400 Cardiac Conference Room
21st March 1200 – 1300 Lecture theatre John Bull Building
“Westcountry Health workers to pay for cuts”
Was the headline story in This is Devon last Friday, the announcement of the business case published by the southwest pay consortium which outlines how millions of pounds can be saved, but at what cost?
The size of the challenge facing participating trusts is said to be the "equivalent to a reduction in whole time equivalent of around 6,000 posts over the next three years across all consortium organisations."
Our branch secretary Suzy Franklin said “Since this publication Northern Devon Trust has pulled out of the cartel to the delight of Derriford UNISON, we would encourage all trusts to do so. We should look at the bigger picture here, we are being made to pay for the banker’s crisis, a crisis we didn’t create. The government has starved the NHS of millions to pay off the deficit. The attack on welfare is being used for that same thing, the working poor have become vilified by this government and the main stream media, but in reality this austerity plan is unnecessary as £120 billion goes uncollected in tax avoidance, tax evasion and uncollected tax.
Tax avoidance by the big corporate companies, so we have to ask ourselves who really works for us? The government are just puppets of the bankers and their rich corporate friends.
“The South West Cartel uses the same language as the Tories in their justification of the reduction of our pay, like “the private sector doesn’t get the same amount of paid leave that the public sector does”, but we have fought hard for the workers rights we have won, now they want to take them away from us, and all this after a two year pay freeze, they now want to reduce our pay, terms and conditions? It’s going to be a very tough 2013 so if you haven’t already please join UNISON today”
(2013 dates for branch meetings and stalls on meetings page)
2013 AGM Report
Derriford UNISON would like to thank Sarah Allen Melvin and Dr Éoin Clarke who spoke at our AGM, it was wonderful to see so many members turn up to listen and take part in the proceedings and elect our officers/reps for 2013.
Sarah Allen Melvin PCS rep and Plymouth Trades Council Secretary spoke about the continued tax avoidance happening in the UK today, millions every year going uncollected. She also spoke about the cuts and that this government’s austerity measures are not working. “The hypocrisy of this con-dem government is clear to see, the tax gap is currently estimated to stand at £120 billion. This is seriously undermining public services, as you know in your NHS. Currently in PCS our pay terms and conditions are under threat, PCS members are being balloted as I speak.” Sarah also went on to talk about the Robin Hood Tax and talked out the gap between the rich and poor rising at alarming rates, as are food banks here in Plymouth and across the UK. "Household bills on the rise yet our pay is frozen and we are threatened with pay cuts?" Things will get worse once the governments April welfare housing benefits cuts kick in," familiys already struggling to make ends meet, will end up on the streets" she said.
Dr Éoin Clarke editor of the Green benches blog and founder of Labour Left, spoke about the Tory attacks on the NHS and the continued creeping back door privatisation. He pointed out to our members that it was Derriford UNISON’s twitter page which had first alerted him to the South West Pay Cartel campaign, and we had opened his eyes to the way in which a private provider had been treating its staff . “Both Derriford UNISON and other staffside union campaigners have highlighted these issues” he said “your branch officers have worked hard for you all and they deserve recognition for this, my thanks goes to Suzy Franklin and David Tamares-Little for their continued hard work in the fight against privatisation and other local campaign issues”
“The NHS attacks by the Tories continues and it will be a hard fight ahead, 2013 will see cuts up and down the country with hospitals and A&E departments closing or downsizing, the continued privatisation with the likes of Virgin who have taken over children's services in the southwest and and Serco and Sainsbur'ys buying into our NHS, the Lewisham Hospital protest where a massive 250,000 people marched against the closure of their hospital were greatly supported by unions, we will see many more this year and I have no doubt that your branch will be at the forefront of such campaigns here in the southwest so keep up the good work”
Éoin has kindly put a link up to our website on his blog page, many thanks Éoin! Your visit has inspired some lively debate amongst the branch
You can read Dr Éoin Clarke’s blog here http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/
Welcome and congratulations to all our newly elecetd Officers and Representatives for 2013
With the coming changes to Agenda for Change there has never been a better time to join UNISON
(Elected Officers and branch representatives results on who's who page)
P.Cork and A.Carter were just some of the lucky Derriford UNISON members to walk away with some lovely prizes from our free raffle, the £50 Chocolate hamper was won by C.Morgan.
Thanks also goes to Future Inns for a great venue and buffet
(see our news page for Agenda for Change meetings details/updates)
Join Us on January 4th from 08:30
Outside Derriford Health & leisure centre
Lobby the Trust and hand in our 2000 plus paper petition collected by staffside unions at Derriford Hospital
#UNISON #GMB #UNITE #RCM #RCN
Even if you’re not in a union, everyone is welcome #no2postcodepay
Professional pay for a professional job!
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see the PLYMOUTH HERALD story here
Unison Derriford welcomes the decision of Health Minister, Daniel Poulter, to write NHS Trusts in the South West Pay Consortium urging them to abide by national pay scales.
This follows a hard fought campaign by all trade unions, local councillors and constant pressure from a cross-party group of South West MPs, Derriford UNISON being in the forefront of many with continued support and solidarity from our sister unions.
It is expected that Consortium Trusts, including Derriford, will come back in line early next year, effectively meaning the cartel is now dead in the water, however we will have to wait and see and we remain cautious, we wouldn't want to give our members false hope.
Unison now intends to work with the Trust and other Trade Unions to repair the damage that this episode has done to staff morale which as we know is already at an all time low, healthcare workers in the city have every right to look forward to a brighter future and a fair wage for all.
Branch Secretary Suzy Franklin said: "The Trust’s involvement in the cartel has been a massive distraction for people. Our members have understandably been worried for their futures. During this time our members have remained professional throughout, and have continued to deliver quality care for patients, but have also felt undervalued and betrayed and who can blame them?
Union campaigns are by no means over, UNISON will continue to fight on behalf of our members, we know that they are hurting and angry at what this condem government is doing to workers up & down the country, the NHS as we know it is being abolished under the guise of austerity, when the likes of Starbucks etc get away with billions in unpaid tax then cough up a "token" payment but only after they are exposed. There is an alternative; the billions in uncollected tax evasion would see an end to all cuts in the NHS and our welfare state. Our members can rest assured that we are actively campaigning on their behalf against the threat of postcade pay"
UNISON will fight for fair pay for all and we wait to see what the consortium will announce next, so watch this space!
WE ARE ONE #NHS
OPPOSE THE SOUTH WEST PAY CARTEL
see report on news page...
October 20 report
Firstly we would like to thank all our members who supported and joined us on the march for October 20th, we had a fabulous day. Congratulations go to Judy (or should we say Judy’s husband) for making the winning homemade banner, she received a shopping voucher worth £50! For many this was a first time demonstration the strength of feeling is such that many feel duty bound to take to the streets!
Wendy who works at Derriford said, “I am here because I am angry about the cuts but especially about the NHS privatisation, and the attack on our pay, at Derriford Hospital last year we had to endure job losses from which has left us stretched as those who are left behind are expected to do more work but not for more money, it’s tough going and we worry constantly how this will effect patient care, nurses are stretched to the limit, I know many who go without breaks just because they know if they don’t it will have an impact but many are just too scared to speak out in fear of losing their jobs so they just muddle through, I find it outrageous that our NHS staff are so undervalued not just at work but in the press and in society in general, we are a caring profession and I think many bosses use this to their advantage, it’s just unfair in a Trust which already has the lowest staff morale in the UK we need to know we are valued because we love our work and we love the NHS”
Derriford UNISON marched alongside hundreds and thousands of not just UNISON but all unions together with anti-cuts organisations and even celebrities. The atmosphere was incredible with many taking their children along who sang and shouted with the best of them, so much fancy dress too all good humored and we were even applauded by some police who let’s face it are also under the threat of privatisation. This weak condem government are attacking the workers full on, with attacks on the welfare state and the NHS the future is depressing and all in the name of austerity. We are not fooled and we can see that this is an ideological attack, don’t believe the lie that there is no money, when we have corporations who are getting away with billions in unpaid tax which if collected would pay off the deficit very nicely thank you very much. While the rich get richer the poor get poorer.
Lets not forget about the attack on our pay too with the threat of yet more cuts to come through the South West Pay Consortium which our trust has signed up to (there are other trusts who refused to sign up to this cartel including Torbay NHS trust and UNISON applaud them for doing so) together with our sister unions we are all preparing campaigns around this issue keep watching our website and also notice boards in the hospital on levels 3,5,6 and 7.
Only this week in the press the government has again attacked trade unionists for their facility time within the workplace claiming that it is a waste of money when in reality the opposite is true, (see the unison's main website for details on this and also the TUC website)
The question is whether October 20 will be seen by the unions and the TUC as the end of a process, or the start of a new stage of resistance to the Tory coalition government's attacks.
We need an on-going, escalating campaign, to challenge every one of the Tory attacks - and we especially need this on the NHS, where even now a frighteningly large proportion of the population knows little or nothing about the Health & Social Care Act that is set to inflict massive and lasting damage on this key public service from next April, not helped by the lack of coverage in the mainstream media , worrying times indeed.
We need to keep the pressure up on our union leaders to continue to fight against these cuts, make sure you get involved with you union branch, by attending branch meetings all YOUR concerns and fears can be disscussed and ways forward to fight back can be planned.
There are also local campaigns that you can join such as the uncut groups on social media sites who hold local flashmob demonstrations.
Plymouth Trades Council who we are affiliated to can inform you of any local campaigns within Plymouth and surrounding areas, just contact them through their website
So what are you waiting for? GET ORGANISED!! Get campaigning, tell your friends to join UNISON today it's easy. There are application forms outside our office on level 9 or alongside our notices boards on levels 6 & 7 or you can join online www.unison.org.uk
We will be posting photos of the march soon watch this space.
We are holding an information stall on Tuesday 6th November at 10:00 till 14:00 outside Greenbank level 6, got a question? Just ask, pop over and say hello or pick up the latest information leaflets, free pens etc.
Please NOTE our November branch meeting has been cancelled, our next branch meeting will take place on December 6th at DHLC room 2 at 12:30 where members will have the chance to win some awesome prizes in our Christmas raffle draw.
we’re marching #Oct20
Austerity isn’t working
Our country faces long-term economic problems. But our political leaders have failed to face up to them.
You must remember that only the first wave of cuts has hit us so far, there are many more to come, can you afford a pay cut? Loose your vital benefits? Pay for healthcare? The UK has children starving on the streets, David Cameron and his cabinet of multi millionaires are sending us back to Victorian times he has already managed to sell off large chucks of our NHS, our public services are under attack and it can only get worse! Time to stand up and say NO MORE!
If the government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade. Even on their own terms government policies are failing. To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.
Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries.
UNISON South West have organised an online booking system for members to book your free coach travel to London on the date of the march. Every member can book up to four seats (and if you need more, you can book more than one group).
No money is required, all you will need is your membership number: it’s easy and just a few clicks away just ich are getting richeroorertacks g chuncks of OUR NHS Devon and cornwall areclick on the link below…
And so the fight against regional pay continues
· There is a meeting on Tuesday 4th September in Exeter Rally for a future NHS that works at Exeter Central Library from 6:30pm, speakers will start at 7pm organised by the Devon Local Area Health Forum
To include speakers from keep the NHS public, South West Regional secretary Joanne Kaye, Nigel Costly TUC Regional Secretary, Ben Bradshaw Labour MP for Exeter and a leading UNISON National Officer.
There will also be a Q&A session as well as an opportunity to gather information about the March on 20th October and to book seats.
Derriford n Exeter on Monday 4thExeter on Monday 4thUNISON will be attending, it is an open public meeting so anyone can attend, we hope you do too.
Our SERCO negotiations are still on-going, but we hope have an update soon. If you have any questions about SERCO please contact the branch.
The press still seem to have almost weekly stories about SERCO (not Derriford Serco) and this is no exception
Enough is enough!
We are still taking bookings for A FUTURE THAT WORKS demonstration coming up on October 20th, would you like to go? Tickets are FREE to members; you can bring a friend/family member for a small fee. We asked Karen, a staff nurse at Derriford Hospital our latest member to sign up to the coach why she was going “I have had enough of this governments cuts, it’s clear to me that their austerity measures are not working, I believe the unions need to stand up and be heard, it’s bad enough that they want to introduce regional pay, but I have seen with my own eyes the impact of cuts here at Derriford, staff morale is awful just awful,I'm convinced that the public are still very unaware about the privatisation of our NHS which they are still getting away with thats sole destroying in itself. We need a boost not more attacks, so that’s why I am going , there is an alternative, tax the rich for starters, cut back on all the tax invasion that would bring us millions, my son has made me a poster to take which sums up beautifully how I feel about the cuts it simply says “enough is enough”
If the you work in an NHS Trust which is signed up to this pay cartel please take a few seconds to complete this UNISON survey, thanks.
UNISON press release 10th August
‘Pay Cartel’ Cuts Fears are based on Fact not Fiction Claims UNISON
UNISON reacted with concern this week as South West NHS Pay Cartel bosses sought to allay staff fears over potential cuts to pay.
As staff anxieties grow and members increasingly seek information and support from their unions, UNISON has learnt that many of the ‘Pay Cartel’ Trusts have been telling staff they have no firm plans yet and that the unions are ‘scaremongering’. Yet the Cartel, made up of twenty Trusts which have each paid £10,000 to participate, has a really clear target to reduce the pay bill from 68 to 60%.
The Project Initiation Document (PID)*, which the Trusts are all discussing in detail, has a clear list of terms and conditions which may be cut.
Derriford UNISON would like to thank all it's members and Staffside colleagues for all their support during November 30th day of industrial action. Derriford Hospital held a midnight picket to kick start Plymouth's day of action which was covered by the press.
There were three main picket lines and there was also a picket at the ambulance building along Morlaix drive there were no reports of negative feedback from any of our members, the public were behind us all the way.