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Statement on porters’ strike action - update 261017


A Trust spokesman said: “We value all our staff and porters are an important part of our team. We remain strongly committed to resolving this dispute with the help of ACAS and we are approaching the mediation process constructively.

“Given our commitment to do this we are surprised and disappointed that UNISON has called a second strike so soon before the talks and urge them to suspend such action and further misleading public comment while the ACAS process is underway.

“Over a period of almost four years we have been open to suggestions from UNISON on how we can put into effect changes to the way we undertake portering based on principles that both sides have agreed. Despite this UNISON have yet to put any proposals forward that meet these agreed criteria but we remain open to these during the forthcoming talks.

“We greatly respect and value our portering team and we categorically refute UNISON’s allegation that any staff are being ‘threatened’ with loss of work in any way. We are also committed to their health and wellbeing and we wish to stress that a new proposed 12-hour shift – already used by nurses and security staff - would be balanced with a mixture both physical and non-physical tasks to minimise fatigue. The proposal also contains a pay rise from Band 1 to Band 2 and a reduction in their consecutive working days from five to three. We therefore believe the proposals are balanced and offer many advantages to our portering team.

“In the unfortunate event the strike goes ahead, we will put in place safe and robust contingency plans to minimise disruption on our patients and other staff. Patients should attend any appointments as normal unless contacted otherwise.”

Added 26 October 2017

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