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Derby nurses may strike over pay cut proposals

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Staff at a hospital in the midlands are to be balloted on strike action over proposals to cut nurses’ pay.
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants to downgrade band seven and band six nurses as part of a cost-cutting scheme. The changes will affect 111 nurses, who work in the hospital’s surgical department.

Unions last night rejected proposals to extend pay protection for affected staff from two years to three years.

Unison expects to ballot staff on strike action within a month and RCN members are also threatening industrial action if further negotiations are unsuccessful.

Andy Belfield, Unison regional head of health, said: ‘Hospital staff have shown how angry they are at proposals to cut their pay. These are people who keep the NHS working and provide a service that people in Derby greatly appreciate.’

RCN officer Jane Slatcher said: ‘If no improvement in the offer is forthcoming from the trust soon, then we will reconvene a meeting at which members will be invited to vote on moving to the formal process of pursuing industrial action.’
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