Thousands of NHS staff could walk out over pay dispute

Thousands of NHS staff could walk out over pay dispute

Thousands of NHS staff could walk out over pay dispute

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

THOUSANDS of NHS workers in Hampshire could go on strike over a pay dispute.

More than 5,000 Hampshire NHS staff have been balloted, including nurses, paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners and office workers.

They are part of almost 25,000 workers across the south-east who will be asked whether they are prepared to walk out.

Unison members are being asked to vote yes in response to a NHS Pay Review Body recommendation to up wages by one per cent for all staff – which the union says has been ignored by the Government.

Tony Jones, Unison South East regional head of health, said: “We all know the NHS relies on the goodwill of its staff. NHS workers have been badly hit by the rise in the cost of living and the Government’s move is unfair and deliberately provocative.

“The Government has gone too far. Unison is balloting NHS workers and giving them the opportunity to make their voices heard and turn their anger into action.”

He added: “Voting for strike action is never an easy decision – even more so for NHS workers who spend their lives caring for people.

“But the Government’s refusal to give the vast majority any pay increase this year is a slap in the face.

“Staff are on average 10 per cent worse off than when the coalition came to power and this means their families are suffering and morale is hitting rock bottom.

“A well motivated workforce saves lives, so we need to cherish and support our NHS staff who work day in day out caring for others.”

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11:13am Fri 29 Aug 14

StopMoaningPeople says...

Yawn Yawn Yawn here we go again.
Yawn Yawn Yawn here we go again. StopMoaningPeople
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11:42am Fri 29 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

Give me more money, give me more money. Wah Wah Wah. Just shut the F up and get back to work, people are dying because of you!
Give me more money, give me more money. Wah Wah Wah. Just shut the F up and get back to work, people are dying because of you! TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: -11

12:59pm Fri 29 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Why repeat this article, both by different authors in less than 24 hours? Just move the original to the top if you want to make it latest news.
Why repeat this article, both by different authors in less than 24 hours? Just move the original to the top if you want to make it latest news. IronLady2010
  • Score: 4

3:08pm Sun 7 Sep 14

nelson1 says...

Pay the NHS staff compliments for a job well done.
We should all be aware by now that political pressures from the Ministry of Health have drastically reduced funding for all aspects of health care, from GP services to A&E waiting times to extended waits for elective surgery. The newspapers are constantly full of examples from poor service, to rude and non-caring staff to inadequate meals.
More than 1 million people each week have contact with the NHS. There is a system for complaints which is complicated and Southampton City CCG has recently acted to make complaining easier.
But let’s not forget that the NHS has 1.4 million employees and is one of the largest employers in the world, providing free service to all at the point of access – the GP surgery, the walk in centre, A&E, or The General Hospital. Adult & social care (the responsibility of Southampton City Council) has also been greatly affected by the Government cash restrictions.
The staff of the NHS, from Doctors and Nurses to cleaners and ambulance drivers, are overworked in the current climate. Daily they face long shifts, no salary increments for several years and little or no respect from the general public. Most of them are doing their best under the most difficult of circumstances.
Spare a thought therefore after your next interaction with the NHS at any level. Complaining about poor service and treatment is easy. It’s much more difficult to take the extra time and say thank you when you have been treated well – by a nurse, a doctor, an ambulance crew, a paramedic or a day carer.
Remember how you feel when someone tells you ‘job well done’. Most NHS staff really do care and they are doing their best. Say thank you when you can.
Pay the NHS staff compliments for a job well done. We should all be aware by now that political pressures from the Ministry of Health have drastically reduced funding for all aspects of health care, from GP services to A&E waiting times to extended waits for elective surgery. The newspapers are constantly full of examples from poor service, to rude and non-caring staff to inadequate meals. More than 1 million people each week have contact with the NHS. There is a system for complaints which is complicated and Southampton City CCG has recently acted to make complaining easier. But let’s not forget that the NHS has 1.4 million employees and is one of the largest employers in the world, providing free service to all at the point of access – the GP surgery, the walk in centre, A&E, or The General Hospital. Adult & social care (the responsibility of Southampton City Council) has also been greatly affected by the Government cash restrictions. The staff of the NHS, from Doctors and Nurses to cleaners and ambulance drivers, are overworked in the current climate. Daily they face long shifts, no salary increments for several years and little or no respect from the general public. Most of them are doing their best under the most difficult of circumstances. Spare a thought therefore after your next interaction with the NHS at any level. Complaining about poor service and treatment is easy. It’s much more difficult to take the extra time and say thank you when you have been treated well – by a nurse, a doctor, an ambulance crew, a paramedic or a day carer. Remember how you feel when someone tells you ‘job well done’. Most NHS staff really do care and they are doing their best. Say thank you when you can. nelson1
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