Union members back fellow workers’ campaign for better conditions

UNISON Northern IrelandUNISON health workers across Northern Ireland are today joining the junior doctors’ rally in Belfast in solidarity with fellow workers whose working conditions are under attack.

Attempts to impose a new contract on junior doctors which removes safeguards to prevent working in excess of 100 hours per week should be roundly condemned.

A statement from UNISON health worker members read: “We took to the picket line against cuts earlier this year and applaud the determination of young medics not only to stand up for themselves but in so doing protect safe practices in health care.

“The stance taken by the Tory health ministers on this issue shows very clearly that they do not value the workforce in the NHS or the wellbeing of its patients and clients. We have had clear examples of similar neglect by the current absence of Northern Ireland health minister.

“NHS workers here in NI are the only ones waiting for the implementation of the 1% pay uprise for 2014/15 recommended by the pay review body, and there is no offer for the current year 2015/16. UNISON is planning to further mobilise our members on this issue.

“This campaign by junior doctors shows that health workers are determined to protect a safe and effective public health service.

“They expect to be decently treated and fairly paid.  These issues of pay and conditions of work for our hard working staff in the NHS here in Northern Ireland are going to be big issues in the forthcoming Assembly elections.”

* The rally takes places at Belfast City Hall at 2pm. 


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