Trust says it will dismiss all staff members who refuse to sign new, inferior, contracts


A health trust in the North East has threatened to sack all its 5,400 staff unless they sign a new contract on inferior terms and conditions.

Unions are advising their members not to sign the new deal, which could lead to the situation when, on March 31st, the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust finds itself with no staff.

Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “If that were to happen, the trust would not be able to function. The NHS workforce will always put patient safety first, and we will be happy to work with GPs to ensure that patients do not suffer any detriment as a result of the trust’s decision.

“We believe that the trust has not properly assessed the risk of its proposals and is therefore acting in a reckless manner which could lead to cancelled operations, ward closures and serious reductions in key services.”

Unions warn the move is an attempt to break the national pay agreement and impose regional pay. There are also fears the trust might be looking to set up a pay cartel, such as the one operating in South West England, to drive down pay and conditions for health workers in the North East.

They have called on management to withdraw its threat of mass redundancy and hold urgent talks. The Department of Health itself has branded the trust’s action as ‘high risk’.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.
Author avatar