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Unions fail to fight for pay in NHS

by Sarah Ensor
Issue No. 2345

The government has announced that around 60 percent of NHS workers will be offered a measly 1 percent pay rise.

They include nurses and paramedics who earn just over £21,000.

They also include health care assistants, porters and maintenance staff who earn less than £15,000.

The below-inflation rise follows a two-year pay freeze.

The Unison and Unite unions have condemned the rise.

But neither has committed to fighting to improve it.

Instead, Unite has said it will campaign for a higher pay award for 2014-15.

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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 15:42 GMT
Issue No. 2345
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