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Nurses could walk out over attacks on NHS workers' unsocial hours' pay

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2454

The Tories’ latest attack on health workers’ pay could provoke a massive backlash from the unions. 

David Cameron is planning to carry out his pledge to bring in seven-day working in the NHS.

There’s nothing wrong with bringing in seven-day working in itself. 

But Cameron wants to do this without making any more funding available. 

While he’s pledged £8 billion, he’s demanding £10 billion “efficiency savings” every year. 

To get round this the Tories plan to smash health workers’ unsocial hours payments. 

Workers get paid more for work on bank holidays and weekends—and many rely on it to get by.

NHS boss Simon Stevens’ first proposed the plan in his Five Year Forward View last October.

Stevens drafted the proposals admitting that the NHS faces an £8 billion black hole. 

Bosses want to get more out of workers for less in order to plug the gap.

Yet even the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which didn’t join the health walkouts last year, said unsocial hours are a “red line”.

It warned the Tories could face industrial action. Unison union general secretary Dave Prentis pledged to strike. 

Every trade unionist needs to organise against the attack. 

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Tue 19 May 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2454
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