We push 600lb beds up and down miles of corridors and walk 12 miles a day, we run to cardiac arrests, emergencies and the helipad – we’ve all told managers in our consultation meetings that we are exhausted after our current 8 hour shifts – they won’t listen.

Porters at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust have notified the Trust that they are taking further action from 6pm on Friday 3rd November until 6am on Monday 6th November 2017.

Alan Doyle & Greg Ticehurst are the UNISON Representatives from the department and explain the issue below:

“We are in dispute because of 12 hour shifts that managers are looking to force upon us.

We have told managers time and time again that we, as Porters, cannot achieve 12 hour shifts, we believe these working arrangements would be a risk to both staff and patients – the evidence we have presented shows this, they won’t listen.

The Porters here at this Trust are Band 1 Porters, amongst the lowest paid staff in the NHS, despite this, 96% of us have voted for Strike Action, we’ve done this because we believe in our cause and in each of our colleagues standing together to raise our heads up to be heard where our managers have failed to listen.”

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  • I’m a friend / family member / colleague of those taking action, and I want to show my support. How can I do this?

    That’s great!

    You can show your support in a number of ways:

    • Sign the petition calling on the Trust board to review the alternatives and Respect our Porters: Sign Petition
    • Show solidarity on Twitter by using the hashtag #RespectOurPorters
    • Download campaign materials under the ‘Resources’ section and share with your friends and colleagues.
  • What happens after strike action on the 20th and 22nd October – will there be more strikes?

    It is possible, but at this stage we are planning just the two days of action. The Branch will meet after Monday 23rd October to discuss further action.