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Further NHS Strikes From 24 November

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GMB Members In NHS England And Northern Ireland To Take Further Industrial Action In Week Monday 24 November In Pay Dispute

Health workers have endured years of pay freezes and caps and Jeremy Hunt still hasn’t met to try to settle this dispute leaving us no choice but to take further action, says GMB.

GMB members in the NHS in England and Northern Ireland will take part in further industrial action, alongside ten other NHS unions, in the week commencing Monday 24 November 2014 in a dispute over pay. It is likely to include a four-hour stoppage and a programme of action short of a strike.

Unions taking action are GMB, Unison, Unite, UCATT, Society of Radiographers, Royal College of Midwives, POA, Managers in Partnership, British Association of Occupational Therapists, British Dietetic Association, and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association.

There will be a meeting on Tuesday 4th November of GMB lay representatives in the NHS to plan the action and details will be announced after that meeting.

This action is a follow-up to the strike on Monday 13 October and action short of strike on 14-17 October.

GMB conducted an official ballot of 22,000 members in the NHS in England and Northern Ireland. There was overwhelming support for industrial action against the government’s and employers’ pay policies.

The pay offer is an unconsolidated 1% pay award 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.

GMB will now issue the necessary formal notices to NHS employers.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for the NHS, said: “For a second week NHS staff will be taking industrial action over pay. We regret having to inconvenience NHS users again, but the intransigence of the government and employers leaves us no choice.

This dispute arose when the government overruled the independent NHS Pay Review Body which had recommended an across-the-board pay rise. Health workers have already endured several years of pay freezes and caps. They are understandably angry and frustrated at the cavalier way they have been treated.

The planned action will undoubtedly cause widespread disruption to NHS services. However, we are sending formal notification of this action to all affected NHS employers so that they can work out essential cover requirements to ensure patient safety.

We are open to talks but the Health Secretary still refuses to meet the unions. This is not the way to go about dispute resolution. Jeremy Hunt needs to get round the table and make more money available for a settlement.”

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Contact: Rehana Azam 07841 181 656 or Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or regional contacts below or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880. Regional GMB contacts:-

Birmingham and West Midlands region – Pauline Hinks – 07809 617 761
London region – Tony Hughes – 07738 958 142 
Midlands region – Les Dobbs – 07966 327 967 
Northern region – Chris Jukes – 07870 176 733
North West region Ray Carrick – 07874 018412 
Northern Ireland – Michael Mulholland – 07974 018 413
Southern region – Nick Day – 07717 510 047 
Wales & South West region – Paul Gage – 07980 753 117 
Yorkshire Joan Keane 07958 156841 

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