Princess Alexandra staff walk out on strike

Politics / Mon 24th Nov 2014 at 11:46am

Unison strikeUNISON Princess Alexandra Hospital members staged a four-hour stoppage on Monday 24 November between 7am and 11am in England.

This will be followed by six days of action short of strike action when workers will work to rule.

This time, health workers from ten other health unions are joining UNISON workers for the industrial action.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said: “The fact almost all health unions are taking part in the industrial action should ring alarm bells in Whitehall.

“The anger is spreading and so is the public support for health workers’ cause. The strength of feeling is far from fading and the dispute far from going away.

“All the Government has done so far is threaten workers with job cuts.

“If the Secretary of State seriously thinks staff are the NHS’ best asset then he needs to treat them fairly. We are only asking for decent pay for the hard working people the Government say they care so much about.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for Jeremy Hunt to go in trusts around the country to meet with staff who will be working to rule, taking away the goodwill the NHS relies on so much.

“NHS workers in Scotland and Wales will all be getting a 1% pay rise and the Living Wage. So why is the Secretary of State so determined to penalise workers in England?

“The Government and NHS Employers need to engage in meaningful talks about how to resolve this dispute. We are prepared to keep up the pressure through the Winter and up until the General Election.

Unison PAH branch Secretary Waida Forman said “we will continue this fight until Jeremy Hunt MP accepts that we deserve a pay rise like himself. We deserve some respect from the government. Our members work really hard and they need this pay rise. Everything has gone up except our wage. We can’t keep going on for another 3 years of pay freeze”.

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