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Trust withdraws from South West Pay 'cartel'

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The South West “pay cartel” has lost a member after unions agreed a draft proposal on changes to terms and conditions as part of national talks.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust has announced it will withdraw its membership from the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium of 20 NHS trusts.

The decision comes after unions agreed a draft proposal from NHS Employers at a meeting of the NHS Staff Council Executive on Friday.

The agreement, which will see significant reduction in staff terms and conditions, will now go to each union’s executive committee for consultation.

Although a final deal is far from guaranteed Tony Spotswood, chief executive of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust, said his organisation would no longer take part in the group, dubbed a ‘cartel’ by unions.

He said: “The board is encouraged by the progress made in the national negotiations and wishes to see these continue as we strive for pay, terms and conditions that fully reflect the needs of the service going forward.”

The trust has said it is not expecting its £10,000 joining fee to be returned.

The decision has been welcomed by health unions who accuse the consortium of undermining the national talks.

Unison head of health Christina McAnea, and chair of the Staff Side Council said: “This is the right decision and good news for patients and staff. We hope other trusts in the South West cartel will review their involvement in the consortium.

 “Unison will work with them to address the serious financial issues they are facing.”

Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “The RCN has long been arguing the pitfalls of regional pay are numerous and represent nothing more than an attack on nursing staff at a time when resources are stretched. It is promising that these arguments appear to have been listened to.

“We hope this marks the beginning of a retreat and we urge the remaining trusts involved to follow this example and realise regional pay is not the answer.”

A spokesman for the consortium said the group was “disappointed” at the decision of the Bournemouth trust.

She added: “Whilst encouraged by recent progress on aspects of Agenda for Change, members believe it is right and fair that any review aimed at producing fit for purpose pay, terms and conditions should include all staff groups, for example doctors, dentists and senior managers including chief executives.”

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  • excellent news. What happens to the 10k they spent on joining this cartel and also the bonus the CEOs received? what a complete waste of money and time, not to mention the anger and stress it has caused the nurses.

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  • Lets hope the other Trusts start to withdraw, and the pay cartel crumbles (wishful thinking probably!!) I wish the Trust I work for would!

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  • Anonymous | 13-Nov-2012 6:10 pm Excellent news??? Are you having a laugh?

    "The agreement, which will see significant reduction in staff terms and conditions, will now go to each union’s executive committee for consultation."

    Pathetic, the lot of you. The trust don't need to be in the cartel anymore because THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED!!!!!

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    mike | 14-Nov-2012 6:38 am

    Exactly Mike. At first glance you would think 'great' but then with a little more thought involved i thought 'hey hang on a minute'. And they have the cheek to ask for a refund of their cartel joining fee. Will that £10,000 be distributed amongst all the staff who are now going to be working for LESS but think this is a good deal?

    I am starting to wonder if being a nurse makes you 'big and fit, six foot wide but thick as s**t'.

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  • does this mean that this trust is no longer in the cartel and their staff will stay under AfC with no change to their wages, terms and conditions?

    if they are not in the cartel what will have to go to individual unions?

    if others withdraw now then what happens to the money that they paid to join the cartel and the bonuses they received?

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  • "The agreement, which will see significant reduction in staff terms and conditions, will now go to each union’s executive committee for consultation."

    And this is good news! Once again the Unions show a lack of back bone and workers left worse off!

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  • Who is it that have started to and will continue to destroy the institution that is the NHS: Management and government, we at the rock face and the people we serve are suffering from all angles and one day the worm will turn!

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  • The only good thing is that this Trust may inspire others to leave the cartel, and continue the national pay negotiations. I know that conditions are being altered, without our agreement, but at least the piecemeal, divide and conquer aspect of the cartel will weaken, and the importance of national pay for a national health service will be maintained. If NHS staff make the most of this and act together, with commitment, things may yet turn around.

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    Roy Clements | 14-Nov-2012 12:30 pm

    Yes Roy, so let's not delay the worm turning as it NEEDS to turn NOW because as it stands, and at this unrelenting pace of destruction by government and management there will be nothing left to salvage for those of us out there on the coalface.

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  • Florence

    The Tory government is just ruining the NHS.They talk about the BBC having an overloaded management structure!! Try the NHS !! The unions are allowing them to do it. And alot of Nurses are sitting back too. I understand why alot of us feel tired & deflated. I identify with those emotions.
    In my work place there is so much apathy. My ward manager is frightened for her job so she just '' kow-tows'' to whatever is thrown at us.
    There is very little discussion about any of the recent events like raising of NMC fee, proposed changes to our contracts and we are not encouraged to seek union support if needed.
    I was the talk of the ward ( mostly positive thankfully) when I spoke up at a team meeting about proposed bed closures in our unit. Our 2 Band 7 Managers stood there and didn't say a word.
    And yes interesting question about what will happen to the £10,000 joining fee for the Trust who has left the cartel ??

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