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NHS Talks Adjourn To Monday 26th

Friday, January 23, 2015

Talks Adjourn In London To Avert NHS Strike Action On Jan 29 And Will Resume At 2pm On Monday 26th Jan

We are making every effort to get a tangible offer on the table to take back to our members to avert the strike next week says GMB.

Talks in London involving GMB to avert strike action on 29th January 2015 in the pay dispute in England and Northern Ireland adjourned today 23rd January and will resume at 2pm on Monday 26th January.

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 "We are pleased we are still in the talks. We are making every effort to get a tangible offer on the table to take back to our members to avert the strike next week."


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.


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