Tuesday, 7 July 2015

100% of Porters vote to Strike

See here for essential background: http://hpanwo-hpwa.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/jr-porters-ballot-for-strike.html.
The ballot is over and every single one of the porters who voted has favoured strike action, see: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/13373593.Porters_at_the_John_Radcliffe_Hospital_vote_for_strike_action/. My "insider" (q.v.) has told me that the atmosphere is very tense at the hospital right now. Two UNISON stewards and a convener have been suspended because they're accused of "bullying" management. A likely story! At the same time one of the new "operational managers" has made himself very unpopular by continuously checking the porters' portable dispatch devices to check that they haven't been deleting tasks from them. He also keeps butting into conversations demanding to know what the porters are talking about. Of course the ultimate victim in this chain of decrepitude will be the patient. Hospital management seem to be doing everything they can to prevent the hospital functioning. There was a meeting today, but apparently not much was achieved. We still don't know when the first day's strike will be. I do hope it will be a day I'll be available so I can join the picket line myself.

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