NHS DISPUTE ESCALATES AS UNISON ANNOUNCES 12 AND 24 HOUR STRIKES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

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NHS DISPUTE ESCALATES AS UNISON ANNOUNCES 12 AND 24 HOUR STRIKES IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

UNISON members working in the NHS in England will walkout for 12 hours between 9am – 9pm on Thursday 29th January.
They will then work to rule between Friday 30 and Tuesday 24 February which means they will be working their contracted hours and will take their breaks and not do unpaid overtime. This will be followed a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 24 February.
UNISON members along with workers from 11 other Trade Unions have already taken two four-hour stoppages in October and November. This third round of action is in protest at the Government’s decision to reject the 1% pay rise for NHS staff as recommended by the independent Pay Review Body in 2014 and the fact most will be denied a pay increase in 2015/16.

Franco Buonaguro, West Midlands Regional Head of Health said:
“We warned months ago that this dispute is here to stay unless the Government and NHS employers are prepared to negotiate with us.
“Instead they are being completely irresponsible by refusing to have meaningful negotiations on how we resolve this dispute.
“Our members’ pay has been frozen or held down for the past five years and there is no end in sight. On average, they have lost around 10% in the value of their pay over the life of this parliament. 
“We now have no option but to escalate and plan for longer strikes.  The anger among health workers has reached levels where they are now ready to walk out for 24 hours.  NHS staff have been singled out by this coalition government for the worst treatment across the public sector.
“There are a total of 11 pay review bodies across the country and all but one has been Implemented. This includes the pay review body which decides the pay increase given to MP’s a huge 11%. It is only the NHS that has not had the recommended increase implemented
In the NHS, many workers are facing serious financial hardship especially at this time of year. It is a national disgrace that 77,000 NHS staff still don’t receive the Living Wage and that many have to rely on food banks. The governments in Wales and Scotland have committed to paying this.
“All we are asking is for fair and decent pay for NHS workers. “
 

ENDS

Contact details:
      
Simon Holder, Area Organiser (Campaigns and Communications)
Email – s.holder@unison.co.uk
Direct Line - 0121 685 3105
Mobile 07946555174

Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary
Email - r.subramanian@unison.co.uk
Direct Line - 0121 685 3170
Mobile- 0790 434 3342