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Derby set for strike action

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Unions are gearing up to take strike action over trust plans to cut the pay of more than 100 nurses by up to £6,000 a year.

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants to downgrade Agenda for Change pay banding for 11 band 7 nurses and 100 band 6 nurses, who work in its surgical ward (NT News, 26 February, p5).

The plans are part of proposals to shave £55m from its budget over the next three years.

Last week unions rejected proposals by the trust to raise the pay protection period for affected staff from two to three years. Unison is preparing to ballot for strike action next month and the RCN said it will take action if negotiations fail.

Andy Belfield, Unison’s East Midlands director, said: ‘It has caused huge anger and frustration. Staff could lose earnings in the region of £6,000.’

A trust spokesperson for Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said its representatives are due to meet with unions this week in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

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