Industrial Action within NHSBT

This page has been set up to host information, support and guidance for staff and managers for any potential upcoming industrial action in NHSBT.

Current situation 

As you will be aware, trade unions across the NHS and wider public sector have balloted their members or are in the process of balloting their members for strike action in relation to pay and terms and conditions. This includes trade unions representing members across NHSBT seeking a mandate for strike action over the coming months. Strike action was taken by the RCN on 15th and 20th December, which did not involve NHSBT.

The RCN announced further strike dates for 18th and 19th January 2023. These strike dates in January 2023 do include NHSBT.

Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate that many of you will have questions regarding any possible strike action. These Industrial Action FAQs have been developed for all staff to provide a background to strike action, preparing for strike action and what it means for individuals. These FAQs are developed to support all staff irrespective of which trade union(s) may be undertaking strike action.

Supplementary to this, we will be providing further guidance on how to record absence as a result of strike action.

It is intended that these FAQs will be reviewed regularly and updated as more information becomes available and when further questions are raised, or further clarification is required.

Guidance

Absences should be recorded on the day of strike, wherever possible, either in EASY or NextraSoft.

  • Use Absence Type = Industrial Action, and 
  • Enter the number of hours absent on strike

Full guides are available via the links provided below:

EASY Industrial Action absence guide

EASY Industrial Action quick guide

NextraSoft Industrial Action absence guide

Childcare guidance for colleagues in February and March

As you may be aware, teacher’s strikes have been announced that will affect 23,400 schools in England and Wales throughout February and Wales.

Whilst this is not industrial action taking place within our organisation, we recognise this may impact some colleagues normal working if alternative arrangements cannot be sourced for childcare during planned national and regional teacher’s strike days. 

Please see our guidance to support any planning ahead of this action.

Last updated: 24 January 2023