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Oxford NHS Protest

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GMB Protest On 17th Sept At Oxford University Hospitals Trust AGM On Excessive Executive Bonuses And For End To Two Tier Workforce

A two tier workforce with contractor’s staff on minimum wage while direct NHS staff doing exactly the same work on higher rates is totally unacceptable says GMB.

GMB, the union for health workers, is holding a protest lobby at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust AGM at 5:30 pm on Thursday 17th September to challenge the Trust on excessive bonuses to executives and to demand an end to two tier workforce at the hospital. GMB shop stewards Mark Ladbrooke and Ylber Balliu will be attending the protest and are available for interviews.

Further information on directors’ pay is in the OUHT Annual Review page 73

www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/publications/documents/OUH_Annual_Review_2015.pdf

Carole Vallelly, GMB Regional Organiser, said “GMB is really unhappy that the NHS Trust awarded outgoing Chief Executive, Sir Jonathan Michael, with pay and bonuses worth around quarter of a million pounds, topped up by benefits in kind and pension contributions of a further £25,000.

GMB work it out that Sir Jonathan, in just one year, received the same pay and benefits as over 21 staff working in Oxford hospitals, on the lowest pay rate.

The lowest paid workers, such as porters, cleaners and kitchen staff, are employed through private contractors, such as Carillion, and are expected to survive on the minimum wage of £6.50 an hour or £12, 709 a year. Many are agency workers who lack job security.

The practice of employing a two tier workforce, with some staff employed through contractors on minimum wage, while some other staff – doing exactly the same work – are employed directly by the NHS is totally unacceptable. Even those employed directly by NHS are employed at the low band one rate of just £7.86 hr or £15,363 a year.”

Mark Ladbrooke, GMB shop steward added “The problems of low pay and job insecurity have to be tackled.

In the past Trust Directors have recognised the moral case for an enhanced living wage. It’s time to turn words into action … the Trust must move staff employed direct by NHS to the higher NHS band 2 pay and the Trust must require its contractors to pay a living wage and also offer job security,

Over the summer the Trust narrowly avoided a strike by portering staff when contractors attempted to cut unsocial shift payments to these low paid workers. Strike action was avoided following an improved offer from Carillion over pay protection.”

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Contact: Mark Ladbrooke – GMB shop steward 07501 071526 or Carolle Vallelly 07912 181 476 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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