Members of Derriford UNISON want your help in opposing deal that will compromise patient safety and drive down wages

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UNISON members at a Devon hospital have set up an e-petition to persuade their employers to withdraw from the controversial South West NHS pay cartel.

Twenty NHS trusts in the region have signed up to the deal that UNISON fears will compromise patient safety and drive down wages on a national scale.

Each trust is expected to pay £10,000 to join the scheme, the aims of which are to:

* reduce payments to staff working unsocial hours at nights or weekends

* increase working hours

* reduce annual leave, especially for long serving staff

* reduce sick pay for staff who work unsocial hours

The deal also threatens national negotiations on Agenda for Change, the NHS pay bargaining system.

UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “This pay cartel is paving the way to poorer wages for their staff, poorer treatment for their patients and a ripple effect that will damage already depressed economies in the South West.

“Agenda for Change is the result of years of hard work between NHS employers and UNISON.  If the employers want to talk to UNISON about making changes to Agenda for Change, they will need to talk to this rogue cartel first.

“The national implications are impossible to ignore. We will continue to fight this pay cartel until it is derailed.”

Now members of Derriford UNISON have set up an on-line petition for those opposing the scheme. You can sign it here.


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