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Sheffield health service workers to strike over pay cuts

by Phil Turner
Issue No. 2062

Workers at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital look set to go on strike over pay cuts after management axed thousands of pounds in allowances. The ballot result was due on Thursday and, if passed, it would be the first strike of its kind at the hospital for 30 years.

The 15 workers in the bulk stores department have been told attendance and performance payments – worth up to £3,000 each – will be cut.

Workers say the overtime allowances have traditionally been seen as part and parcel of their overall pay packet and the cut will lead to severe hardship as they are already badly-paid.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust claimed the cuts were an attempt to provide “value for money”.

On average the workers earn £10,000 to £12,000 a year, plus allowances which average from £1,500 to £3,000 depending on how much overtime they put in.

Some will lose £4,000 a year and many others around £50 a week.

Julie Thickett expects to earn £50 a week less and worries about her pension. She said management were attacking the lowest paid.

Julie, who has worked at the hospital for 24 years, told Socialist Worker, “I have never been on strike, but we now feel this is our only option.”


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Tue 31 Jul 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2062
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