by Tim Lezard UCATT and Unite members working in the NHS have voted to take strike action over pay. The Unite members will join UNISON members in taking action on October 13th. UCATT membershave yet to announce a strike date. PCS members working in the …

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UCATT and Unite members working in the NHS have voted to take strike action over pay.

The Unite members will join UNISON members in taking action on October 13th. UCATT membershave yet to announce a strike date. PCS members working in the civil service are taking action on October 14th while other public sector unions with members in local government are expected to strike on October 14th. The action comes ahead of the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise demo in London on October 18th.

Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “As David Cameron gathers for his party conference in Birmingham this weekend, he can contemplate the damage he and his party has wrought on the NHS in the last four years.

“One of his most destructive actions has been how he and his health secretary Jeremy Hunt have targeted NHS staff to bear the brunt of the austerity measures. Our members have seen their incomes fall by up to 15 per cent in real terms since May 2010.

“Now our members have given a resounding rejection to Cameron and his government who vetoed the one per cent pay rise, as recommended by the independent Pay Review Body (PRB). This meant that 600,000 NHS employees received no cost of living pay rise in April.

“The calibrated industrial action is designed to achieve three objectives;  to get the one per cent rise paid to all 1.3 million NHS staff; respect future PRB recommendations; and obtain the ‘living wage’ to the 40,000 NHS staff being currently paid below that level.”

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “This demonstrates that NHS members believe that enough is enough and they are prepared to take industrial action to secure the pay increase that they deserve.”


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