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Lunchtime demonstration at Princess Alexandra

Politics / Wed 4th Jun 2014 at 03:13pm

UNISON the public sector trade union that represents staff in the NHS including nurses, paramedics, porters, cleaners, cooks, therapists and healthcare assistants are to hold a lunchtime demonstration to show the anger of staff following the recent NHS pay announcement.

Staff are angry that the government has decided to give a 1% non-consolidated increase only to NHS staff at the top of their incremental scale. This has left 60% of NHS staff without an increase this year including 70% of nurses.

Being non consolidated this pay increase is not even an hourly increase for those staff that may get a rise meaning staff will get no more for working overtime or unsocial hours.

UNISON members will be outside the rear entrance of PAH in Fourth Avenue from 12pm to 1pm on Thursday 5th June.

Regional Organiser for UNISON in Eastern region Sam Older says: “This demonstration is the kick off for a national pay campaign in health and these type of demos are being replicated in hospitals around the country. UNISONs national health conference last month heard from speaker after speaker angry over the Government’s decision to give a derisory 1% non-consolidated increase, following this conference UNISON is now in the process of balloting members in the NHS with the potential to strike”

Branch Secretary for the UNISON branch at PAH and Nurse Waida Forman says “We’re not asking members to strike for 1% we’re saying strike for a pay award that starts to restore the value of your pay, fight for a living wage for all, and because a demoralised and de-motivated workforce is not good for patients.”

UNISON members are asking for support from the public by signing the NHS staff – e-petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64222

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