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A rotten deal on NHS pay

Issue No. 2327

Marching against NHS cuts in Dewsbury last Saturday - see below (Pic: Malcolm Povey)

Marching against NHS cuts in Dewsbury last Saturday - see below (Pic: Malcolm Povey)

A major assault on the NHS Agenda for Change national agreement on terms and conditions has been negotiated with health bosses by officials from the Unison, RCN and CSP unions.

Every worker in the NHS will be affected—except chief executives and directors. The attacks mean that every annual increment, on every pay band, will only be paid if workers meet criteria set by “local performance schemes”.

Workers’ progression through pay bands would also be affected, and sick pay slashed by up to a third.

The agreed “heads of agreement” will go to the staff council—the cross union body representing health workers—on Friday of next week.

The Unite union has rejected the deal, but so far no action has been called. Most other unions are set to consult members of the deal.

Meanwhile health workers protested at Bristol Royal Infirmary on Tuesday of this week against plans to drive down pay in the south west of England.

Hands Off Hinchingbrooke

The Hands Off Hinchingbrooke hospital campaign was relaunched at a meeting last week backed by the local Unison branch, Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public and Huntingdon Trades Council.

Hinchingbrooke was the first hospital to be taken over by a private firm. It has been revealed that the Tories knew the company had plans to reduce the workforce by 20 percent when the contract was agreed.

This means that with 73 jobs gone at the hospital so far, an estimated 247 more are under threat.

Strikes in Mid Yorks

Admin and clerical workers in Mid Yorkshire NHS trust Unison branch were set to strike this Thursday. They have organised a strike rally in Wakefield Town Hall on Thursday at 1pm on the day.

It comes after hundreds of people marched through Dewsbury last Saturday to protest against the trust’s plans to cut services at Dewsbury Hospital. Send solidarity messages to [email protected]

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Tue 30 Oct 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2327
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