BMA receives solidarity from fellow NHS workers. (Pictured: Unite health workers picket a London hospital during 10th May pensions strike)

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Unite members working in the NHS are to support BMA doctors when they strike over pensions on June 21st.

(Pictured: Unite health workers picket a London hospital during 10th May pensions strike)

The union’s health sector industrial committee yesterday agreed that its members will show solidarity with doctors who have voted for industrial action at the government’s intransigence on the pensions’ issue.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “Unite’s position is identical to that of the BMA – we want ministers to return to the negotiating table to have genuine and meaningful talks on NHS pensions.

“All NHS staff are fed up with being made “the whipping boys” for the budget deficit which was caused by a greedy and irresponsible financial elite that has brought the economy to its knees.

“Our members are being asked to work longer, pay more, and get less when they eventually retire. The picture of paramedics and nurses lifting patients at the age of 68 is not an attractive one – and raises issues of patient safety.

“Unite health members voted overwhelmingly to reject the coalition’s arbitrarily imposed pensions’ increases, which means that from April our members are, on average, paying an extra £30-a-month in contributions.

“We are asking our members to show solidarity on 21 June and offer support to the doctors – Unite’s fight on pensions is also the doctors’.”

 


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