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Unite plans action over Health Service pay

by Gill George, Unite national executive (pc)
Issue No. 2118

The Unite union, which represents over 100,000 NHS workers, is set to continue the fight for decent pay in the health service.

Last week we decided to launch a nationwide consultation on what type of industrial action members want to take.

Unite’s national pay strategy meeting last week heard reports from activists meetings where there was absolute agreement, both that a three-year below-inflation deal is unacceptable to our members, and that we have to take industrial action to boot the deal out.


Back in June we voted by whopping 95 percent against a deal negotiated by the Unison and RCN unions, and imposed by the government.

The deal, which gives us just 2.75 percent this year, 2.4 percent next year and 2.25 percent in the last year, looks ever more inadequate as inflation continues to spiral.

Unite is now planning is to hold an industrial action ballot next month. We have also initiated a national petition and open letter for reps to circulate to all members.

Our demands are straightforward – we reject the three-year deal, we want this year’s settlement renegotiated now and we want at least the rate of inflation for our members.

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