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NHS staff plan protests over pay

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2406

Health workers in the Unison union plan a day of action around Britain on Thursday of this week as part of a national pay campaign.

Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt denied many NHS workers a 1 percent pay rise claiming it was “unaffordable”. 

Less than half of all health workers will receive the promised increase.

And it is being treated as an “additional payment” rather than an actual pay rise. This is a further squeeze on workers as the increase won’t be included in pension or future percentage pay calculations. 

The 1 percent represents a pay cut in real terms, as inflation is running at 2 percent.

The day of action is part of building momentum towards a strike ballot later in the year. There are set to be lunchtime protests and stalls at hospitals throughout the day.

For the full list of events see bit.ly/1omnCtl

March in Tower Hamlets to stop cuts

Patients and health workers were set to march around GP surgeries in Tower Hamlets on Thursday of this week to demand an end to cuts.

Due to changes in the way that General Practice is funded from April this year practices in England will suffer big budget cuts.

Some 100 practices are threatened with closure and managers estimate that up to 700,000 patients in England could lose their local GP surgery. 

One surgery threatened with cuts is the Jubilee St practice in east London, which stands to lose £1 million over the next seven years. It will be one stop on a route which is set to go around 13 practices in Tower Hamlets. 

The march is due to start at St Katherine’s Dock practice in Wapping at 2.30pm. GPs and health workers from the practices are set to join the march as it passes for static protests.

More information online on.fb.me/1koTJZI

Hospital workers stage a six-day strike

Some 25 workers in the Unite union at Aintree Hospital in Liverpool began a six-day strike on Wednesday of last week in a dispute over pay cuts.

The electricians, plumbers, technicians and maintenance staff are furious at losing nearly 20 percent of their income. The pay row goes back to April last year when the national recruitment and retention payment was removed. This left local employers to negotiate their own deals.

It has meant a loss in pay of around £3,200 a year.

The workers are continuing a work to rule and have already struck earlier this month after an overwhelming vote for action.


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Tue 3 Jun 2014, 17:56 BST
Issue No. 2406
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