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Sherwood NHS Trust Dispute

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

GMB Members At Sherwood Hospital Trust To Strike, Work To Rule And Ban Overtime In Dispute Over 2nd Pay Cut In 30 Months

GMB believes that resolving this dispute is simple and hopes that the Trust will recognise this and abandon the pay cuts

GMB members working as admin and clerical staff at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have voted in an official ballot for a day’s strike action each month starting on 27th August, to ‘work to rule’ and for ‘an indefinite overtime ban’ in a dispute over a pay cut in the form of down-banding for a second time in 30 months.

Harry Harrison GMB Organiser said, “The ‘overtime ban’ and ‘work to rule’ will take the form of members adhering strictly to their ‘start’ and ‘finish’ times as per their contracts and taking all of their breaks. GMB members work many hours in their own time and under extreme pressures from managers in order to meet in achievable targets so this will have a major effect on the Trust’s performance.

The Trust has been given 12 months to sort out the problems highlighted by the Keogh review.

This comes at a time when staff morale is at an all-time low and demand at an all-time high. Continual cuts in GMB members terms and conditions is a major contributor to this low morale, as its demoralising, de-motivating and de-skilling people.

GMB believes that resolving this dispute is simple and hopes that the Trust will recognise this and abandon the pay cuts. GMB members will do all they can to help the Trust achieve the turnaround times and met the demands of the recent critical Keogh review.”

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Contact: Harry Harrison GMB Organiser 07501 250820 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.

Notes to Editors:


1 The hospitals in the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are:
King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JL
Newark Hospital, Boundary Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 4DE
Mansfield Community Hospital, Stockwell Gate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5QJ
Ashfield Health Village, Portland Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7AE

2 The foundations website describes its staff as follows:
Work for us
http://www.sfh-tr.nhs.uk/index.php/workforusmain
The Trust is built on the dedication and hard work of our staff and we are very proud of our highly-skilled workforce.
We offer a strong commitment to your well-being and development, and the best possible support and a range of training opportunities for all job roles, so no matter what your role if you want to progress your career we can help you.
Working for the Trust offers not only a rewarding career, but also a range of benefits as part of our reward package including:
• Flexible working opportunities – depending on your role, there may be opportunities to work from home, for part-time working, term-time contracts and annualised hours
• Competitive salary
• Incremental pay progression when you are on a permanent contract, with structured reviews and continued professional development
• Nationally agreed terms and conditions
• Structured national pay awards
• A great pension scheme
• On-site nursery at King’s Mill Hospital
• Salary sacrifice schemes including workplace nursery and childcare
• Subsidised staff restaurant
• A range of discounts at local and national retailers
• Key worker housing
We play a vital role in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals and have well-established links with the University of Nottingham in both under and post-graduate education.
Our new state-of-the-art training, education and library centre also accommodates the Nottingham University School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, Mansfield region. We have also established a Faculty of Healthcare Careers in conjunction with our local further education college.

Pledges to staff
We will appreciate you
(showing respect and recognition for what you do)
We will listen to you
(ask your views, working and communicating with you effectively)
We will support you to do the best in your job
We will provide a safe environment

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