Join rally, sign petition or donate to help resist trust’s attack on terms and conditions that threatens pay and family life
Porters at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital have been on strike over the last month in defence of their pay and working conditions. The management of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust is trying to change the porters’ work rota from fixed shifts to rotating shifts. This will upend their lives by forcing them to work nights for some shifts and days for others.
To make matters worse, just two weeks before Christmas the hospital has sent the porters ‘fire and rehire’ letters, a tactic often used by employers to drive down pay or attack other hard-won terms and agreements. The porters and their union know this is the thin edge of the wedge in terms of their own jobs but are also fighting for other colleagues: if the porters are moved onto the new rota, then cleaners, catering staff and other mostly low-paid workers will be next.
What can you do to help?
🏥 Attend the Emergency Rally organised by unions in support of the porters on Sunday at 5pm via the Zoom link here, where Unite’s Howard Beckett – who won a vital victory for bin workers in the city – will be among the speakers. (Meeting ID: 845 1225 6326, passcode: 498337)
🏥 Pass a motion in solidarity with the strikers at your union branch
🏥 Donate to the strike fund (details for this will hopefully be at the rally)
🏥 Please circulate this article to as many people as possible!
NHS staff have put their lives on the line for us this year, now it’s our chance to show them how much we value and support them.