GMB says doctors’ organisation has refused to re-open talks after 81% rejection of below-inflation pay offer for BMA admin, IT, finance workers


GMB members employed by the doctors’ organisation, the BMA are today on strike across the UK in a 24 hour stoppage over pay.

It comes a day before doctors themselves are due to strike in the dispute over cuts to public sector pensions.

The GMB says management has refused to re-open talks on pay after a vote by staff to reject an offer worth between 1.09% and 1.5% for more than 350 members at the organisation.

This is the first stoppage by BMA staff in the its 180 year history.

Anna Meyer, GMB Organiser, said “We are very disappointed that there has been no response to our calls for more talks and for an improved offer.

“What GMB members find difficult to accept is that the BMA itself is embarking on industrial action on Thursday 21st June over the government’s refusal to reopen negotiations in their dispute.”

Striking staff are picketing BMA offices across the country, from its head office in central London, to regional centres in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Leeds.

Last month GMB members voted by a majority of 81.2% to take industrial action over the refusal of the BMA to negotiate an improved pay offer for 2012.

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