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NHS England Pay Offer Accepted

Monday, March 2, 2015

GMB Members In NHS In England Vote By 4 To 1 To Accept New Offer To Resolve Pay Dispute

Strike action on 29th January in England was called off to allow members to consider the new offer which does not apply to Northern Ireland where the dispute continues says GMB.

GMB members in the NHS in England have voted, with 81% to accept and 19% to reject, the new offer that emerged after a week of talks in January to resolve the pay dispute in the NHS in England. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 28 January on GMB consulting members on the new offer.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer, said  “GMB members in England have voted by four to one to accept the new offer secured after a week of talks. This means the pay dispute in England is resolved.

Strike action on 29th January was called off to allow members to consider the new offer. This was after 22,000 GMB members were forced to resort to strike action in the NHS across England & Northern Ireland on 13th October and 24th November to secure this new offer. The new offer does not apply to Northern Ireland where the dispute continues.”

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Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer on 07841 181656 or GMB Regional Officers:

Birmingham & West Midands 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

GMB press release dated 28 Jan 2015

GMB SUSPEND STRIKE ACTION IN NHS IN ENGLAND TO CONSULT MEMBERS ON NEW OFFER IN PAY DISPUTE

New offer enables suspension of strike action while we consult with members on whether they wish to accept the offer or not says GMB

GMB is to consult members in the NHS in England on a new offer that has emerged after a week of talks to resolve the pay dispute in the NHS.

The new offer has enabled GMB to suspend the 24 hour strike action by members in the ambulance service on 29th January as well as the 12 hour strike action by GMB members in the rest of the NHS on that date in England. GMB is seeking talks with Department of Health in Northern Ireland to get the new offer on the table there to enable union to suspend the action there on 29th Jan as well.

A national meeting of GMB NHS, Ambulance & Nursing Committee Senior Representatives will take place on Wednesday 4th February 2015. At the meeting full details of the offer will be set out and the timetable for a consultation will be agreed.

GMB members took part in the strike action in the NHS across England & Northern Ireland on 13th October and 24th November in the pay dispute.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer, said "GMB is pleased that after a week of talks we have secured a new offer. This enables us to suspend the strike action in England while we consult with our members on whether they wish to accept the offer or not

GMB has called on the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to put the new offer on the table there to enable us to suspend the action there on 29th Jan as well.”

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