Workers at the British Medical Association (BMA) struck today, Wednesday, over pay. Members of the GMB union employed by the doctors’ organisation walked out for 24 hours.
It was their second strike and timed to coincide with a meeting of the BMA’s council in Edinburgh. The meeting will decide whether doctors will take further industrial action in their dispute with the government over pensions.
A GMB rep on the Holborn picket line in central London spoke to Socialist Worker about the strike. “Staff at the BMA have worked incredibly hard to deliver the doctors’ ballot and to support their action,” the rep said.
“But they feel that there’s no recognition of this in the derisory pay offer we’ve been made. All we ask for is a fair and improved pay award, and for management to open its door to negotiations.”
The GMB said that no progress had been made in pay talks after the union rejected an offer of 1.5 percent for this year. A proposal of 2.5 percent from April 2013 was not acceptable to workers.
Anna Meyer, a GMB organiser said, “Members are angry because this is a real cut in living standards and pay at a time when they are working harder than ever in their efforts to defend doctors’ terms and conditions.”