Protest against Mid-Yorkshire Trust's proposed cuts
Around 70 Unison members, clerical and administration staff, protested outside Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s headquarters in Wakefield against proposed cuts to job losses and pay cuts.
The demonstration came on the fourth day of a five-day strike over the trust’s attempts to make cuts of £24m by April at Dewsbury Hospital, Pinderfields and Pontefract General Infirmary.
A total of 74 employees at the three hospitals have already received redundancy letters, while other workers are facing pay cuts of as much as £2,800 a year.
Unison members took industrial action against the proposals back in November, and the union is now considering a strike ballot of all their members, including nurses.
Commenting on the issue, Graham Briggs, director of HR at the trust, said: “We are fully committed to working with union colleagues… to seek to reach a mutual agreement.
“We will offer any support necessary to help union colleagues to draw up their alternative to our proposed model.”
But he added that any model must still deliver the savings that the trust needs to make, also declaring that patient services would run as normal during any strike action.