NHS workers escalate action over pay

UNISON NHS members on strike outside Southmead Hospital, Bristol in November 2014

UNISON NHS members on strike outside Southmead Hospital, Bristol in November 2014

Unions representing NHS workers have announced a new round of Industrial action in 2015.

There will be strikes in the NHS on 29 January and 25 February 2015 and action short of strike action over a longer period.

This action is being taken over the Westminster Government’s decision not to implement the recommendation of the independent Pay Review Body for the NHS to give all staff 1% for 2014/15 and the fact that the government has stopped the PRB making any recommendation for 2015/16.

The trade unions have decided not to take strike action over the Christmas and New Year period as this could have a serious impact on patient safety.

Christina McAnea, Chair of the joint NHS Trade Unions said: “NHS workers are, as ever, putting the safety of patients first by not taking industrial action over the Christmas and New Year period when staffing levels are already stretched because of their concerns over patient safety.

“But the government and NHS employers are showing a total disregard for patient safety by refusing to enter into any meaningful negotiations to try to resolve this dispute.

“We have no option but to escalate the industrial action by taking longer and targeted strikes. NHS workers have had their pay frozen or held down for five years and many face serious hardship especially at Christmas.”

Unions will announce specific action later, but it is expected members of GMB, UNISON and Unite will walk out on both dates.

 


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