GMB members on strike at the BMA over pay


GMB members who working for the BMA are today on strike over pay.

The action has been taken to coincide with the first full meeting of the newly-elected BMA Council at BMA House in Edinburgh, when it will be making decisions on the next steps in the BMA’s own NHS Pensions campaign.

GMB organiser Anna Meyer said: “GMB members are angry because this is a real cut in living standards and pay at a time when they are working harder than ever in their efforts to defend doctors’ terms and conditions.

“The BMA is not a poor organisation and has recently let part of BMA House to an Olympic client for a substantial sum of money which would easily pay for a decent pay increase for staff.

“While the BMA appear to be determined to drive down the salary levels of its workforce, it refuses to disclose the remuneration packages of its senior management group. This hypocrisy is draining staff morale and goodwill. GMB urges the BMA to end this dispute now by negotiating on an improved pay offer this year.”

The BMA responded to a GMB request for talks to be re-opened with an improved pay offer with a meeting last Tuesday but no progress was made.

The BMA management said it was considering a two year pay offer but the details of the new offer made were revealed late on Thursday and contained no improvement on the 1.5% for this year, and the new proposal of 2.5% from April 2013 was not acceptable as it may not meet inflation.

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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