GMB Strike In NHS In Northern Ireland On 29th January After Health Dept Fails To Put New Pay Offer For NHS Staff In England On The Table
There is no confirmation that the pay offer for NHS staff in England will be applied in full as has been the practice for over 60 years says GMB.
GMB members in the NHS and ambulance service in Northern Ireland will take strike action on Thursday 29th January after the Department of Health failed to put on the table the new pay offer for staff in the NHS in England. See notes to editors for copy of correspondence from Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and for GMB press release on new pay offer in England.
GMB members in the rest of the NHS will take strike action from 9am to 9pm and members in the ambulance service will take strike action between 12noon and 12 midnight on Thursday 29th January. Media are directed to picket lines outside Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast (Grosvenor Road entrance) and Belfast City Hospital Belfast (Lisburn Road entrance) Call GMB officers for other locations across the province for smaller pickets.
Michael Mulholland, GMB regional officer, said “The response from the Department puts us back to square one. On that basis GMB and Unite members will take strike action tomorrow.
There is no confirmation that the pay offer for NHS staff in England will be applied in full as has been the practice for over 60 years. Instead we are invited to make reference to it in the discussions we have been offered. There is also no pay offer on the table for 2014/15.
This is moving the goal posts and is totally unacceptable.
At this late stage GMB calls on the Minister Jim Wells to intervene as Northern Ireland is now the only part of the UK facing a damaging day of NHS strike action.
NHS workers are furious and the public will want to know why the Department of Health is not putting the offer in England on the table as they are expected to do."
Contact: Michael Mulholland on 07974 018 413 or Denise Walker 07808 101357 or Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer on 07841 181656 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880
Notes to editors
1 copy of correspondence from HR Director Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland dated 28th January.
From: Stevens, Heather [mailto:Heather.Stevens@dhsspsni.gov.uk]
Sent: 28 January 2015 10:57
To: McAdam, Kevin - Belfast RIO
Subject: Discussions on 2015/16 pay arrangements
Further to our conversation this morning, I can confirm that Minister is happy for the Department to enter into discussions with you and TUS colleagues regarding arrangements for 2015/16 pay; those discussions can include a consideration of the position recently agreed in England.
I look forward to engaging with you on this and will await to hear from you.
Heather Stevens Director HR – HSC Room 4.11 Castle Buildings Stormont BT3 3SR
2 Copy of GMB press release dated 27th January.
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.”