South West TUC writes to South West MPs, asking them whether they support the NHS pay cartel


The South West TUC has written to MPs in Cornwall asking their views on the NHS pay cartel threatening to drive down pay and conditions for the region’s healthworkers.

Twenty NHS trusts in the South West have paid £10,000 each to join an alliance that conflicts with nationally-agreed NHS conditions – a move that will reduce payments to staff working unsocial hours at nights and weekends, reduce annual leave and reduce sick pay while increasing working hours,

Kit Leary, who is leading the fight for a Living Wage in the South West on behalf of the TUC, said: “We are concerned the attempt by these rogue employers to establish what is effectively a regional NHS agreement will lead to the wider introduction of regional pay beyond the health service.

“We believe a nurse or teacher in Cornwall is worth as much as a nurse or teacher elsewhere in the UK, and should be treated the same.”

The MPs have been asked whether they support the concept of regional pay and whether they support the NHS cartel.

Kit Leary said: “The TUC opposes any attempt to drive down pay and conditions in the South West – a move that would make us bottom of the UK’s pay league – and we’re sure, even if for their own career’s sake, many MPs in the region will feel the same way.

“MPs will have to make a decision: do they toe the party line and support regional pay or do they accurately reflect the views of constituents? Remember, these constituents are the people who will see their living standards drop as a result of regional pay and the very same people who will vote on whether to keep or reject their MP.”

* UNISON has a set up a petition against regional pay. More details here.

UNISON’s head of health, Christina McAnea explains why regional pay should be a non-starter here


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