GMB NHS members vote to reject proposals to cut terms and conditions of employment for NHS workers in England.
GMB to lobby NHS Staff Council members of the trade union side on the 26th February asking that all NHS unions reject the proposals and stand united on the real attacks on the NHS.
GMB members employed in the NHS have voted to reject proposals for cuts in national pay and conditions as set out in the Agenda for Change national agreement in a consultation that concluded this week.
This rejection will be conveyed to a meeting tomorrow of the NHS Trade Union Lead Officers tomorrow at 10am at the RCN HQ to discuss how the staff side will respond.
There will also be meeting of and the NHS Staff Council Meeting scheduled to take place 26th February 2013, 10am - Unison HQ, Euston Road, London. GMB members will lobby that meeting asking that all NHS unions reject the proposals and stand united on the real attacks on the NHS.
GMB members rejected the proposals for four reasons:
- The NHS proposal only applies to England and therefore moves away from the national Agenda for Change agreement.
- The proposals are asking NHS Staff to accept further detriment to their terms and conditions against a backdrop of pay freezes, changes to pension arrangements, redundancies and outsourcing.
- The South West Pay Cartel, a consortium of 19 NHS trusts are still considering plans to introduce local and regional pay and have not given any real indication that they will ditch their current plans.
- NHS National Employers have been unable to win guarantees that these proposals will prevent further local NHS breakaways. Rehana Azam GMB National Officer for the NHS said “GMB members in the NHS are fully committed to a national agreement which includes all devolved countries in the UK. The current proposal tabled by NHSE to cut terms and conditions only apply to NHS workers in England.
GMB has a track record in engaging positively with Agenda for Change since 2004. The purpose of Agenda for Change was to achieve pay, equality and fairness to the terms and conditions of NHS Staff. The current discussions and proposals aims to put this at risk.
The NHS is going through huge changes, cuts to services, redundancies and pay freezes are taking the toll on NHS workers. GMB members in the NHS have been clear that any proposals tabled by NHS Employer's had to include the retention of national agreement. Unfortunately this commitment has not followed and asking GMB members in the NHS to take a cut in their terms and conditions in return for nothing is simply a step too far."
Martin Jackson, chair of GMB's NHS advisory committee, said "GMB members have been engaged in a detailed consultation since late last year. GMB members are asking all NHS workers to reject and stand united on the real attacks on the NHS. GMB has decided to lobby the meeting on the 26th February so that we can voice our concerns and demonstrate our commitment and support to the NHS Staff Council members of the trade union side who have to engage in a real difficult debate and decide on how best to proceed and respond".