GMB Issues Notices For NHS Strike Action On Jan 29 And Says Action Will Not Be Called Off Until There Is An Offer To Take Back To Members
Should a tangible offer emerge as a result of current talks we will take that offer back to members says GMB.
GMB, the union for NHS and ambulance staff, today (22 January) issued the necessary formal notices to all relevant NHS employers for strike action on 29th January 2015 in the pay dispute in England and Northern Ireland.
GMB also responded to the latest statement from Department of Health today ahead of further talks tomorrow (23 January) to avert strike action. See notes to editor for copy of Dept of Health statement.
A 24 stoppage by GMB members in the ambulance service will commence at 00.01 and will continue until 23.59 on Thursday January 29th. Unison and Unite ambulance members with commence a 12 hour strike from 12 noon on 29th January.
GMB and the other health unions will also take strike action for Thursday 29 January 2015. This will be a 12 hour stoppage from 9am -9pm in the rest of NHS. For the other union this action will be followed by action short of strike until 24th Feb. This will be followed with a 24 hour stoppage on Wednesday 25th February 2015, time to be confirmed.
GMB members have already taken part in the strike action in the NHS across England & Northern Ireland on 13th October and 24th November.
GMB conducted an official ballot of 22,000 members in the NHS in England and Northern Ireland. There was overwhelming support for industrial action to secure a better offer. The pay offer for NHS staff in England and Northern Ireland is 1% cash payment in 2014, restricted to staff not eligible for incremental progression and the same approach in 2015. This goes against the recommendation of the independent NHS Pay Review Body for a 1% consolidated pay rise for all staff.
Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer, said “It has taken months to get the talks started in the NHS pay dispute.
We are all well aware the pressures on NHS staff who have worked tremendously hard despite government taking an axe to their independent pay review body recommendations.
Should a tangible offer emerge as a result of these current talks GMB will take that offer back to members. We are not in a position to call the strike off until we have such an offer. Notices have been served to the relevant NHS employers today."
Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer on 07841 181656 or GMB Regional Officers:
Birmingham & West Midlands Pauline Hinks on 07809 617 761, London & East of England Tony Hughes on 07738 958 142 or Steve Sweeney on 07703 469403, East Midlands, Les Dobbs on 07966 327 967, North East and Cumbria, Chris Jukes on 07870 176 733, North West, Lisa Ryan 07703 468 968 or Maria Almond 07718 113110, Northern Ireland, Michael Mulholland on 07974 018 413, South East, Nick Day on 07717 510 047, Wales & South West, Paul Gage on 07980 753 117 and Yorkshire, Joan Keane on 07958 156841 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.
Notes to editors
Potential Industrial action - latest DH statement 22 January 2015
A Department of Health spokesperson said:
'We want to see the unions call off the industrial action planned at a time when services are under significant pressure - given that only 13% of their members voted to strike. We are doing everything possible to ensure vulnerable patients are not put at risk, and the Health Secretary chaired a COBR meeting this morning on contingency plans, with a particular emphasis on patient safety.'
Talks on pay are continuing with union leaders and there is a further meeting scheduled for tomorrow.