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Pay action could hit NHS this summer

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Issue 2405

A consultative ballot of 100,000 health workers in the Unite union was set to end on Friday of this week.

Workers are being asked if they want to take action after the Tories refused them a pay rise.

Gwyneth is a health worker in Bristol. She told Socialist Worker, “People are really angry. A lot of my colleagues filled in the ballot paper as soon as they got it and sent it back straight away.”

Unite said that, depending on the outcome, it will open a full industrial action ballot in June. Action could begin across the NHS in July.

Gwyneth said, “We need to be visible. I want to see industrial action being taken.”

The Unison and GMB unions are also set to ballot their members in health. Half a million health workers could strike together over pay.

Unison has called 5 June as a day to build the campaign.

At London’s University College Hospital the Unison branch plans a rally from 12.45pm. At Whipps Cross hospital in east London workers will protest at the main gate from 12 noon.

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