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Industrial action warning on Agenda for Change threat


Thousands of NHS workers could be balloted on taking industrial action in response to the attacks on Agenda for Change.

Unite, which represents 100,000 NHS staff, has said it is making preparations for a ballot in response to what it sees as the continued threat to the national pay framework.

It is unhappy that national talks between unions and employers could result in changes to the contract and also fears moves by the South West Consortium of 20 NHS trusts to break away from AfC could spark wider fragmentation.

Unite head of health Rachael Maskell told Nursing Times: “This is totally unpalatable to our members. Staff are not in the position to see further cuts to their terms and conditions.

“We have been very clear and we are making preparations for industrial action.”

Meanwhile, the national negotiations on changes to the pay framework are continuing. Nursing Times has been told the talks are reaching a “critical stage”.

The Staff Council Executive, comprising leaders from unions and employers, met last Friday. The full Staff Council will meet on 9 November.


Readers' comments (4)

  • I'm in, will strike for this. Have had enough of being taken advantage of.

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  • if we dont stand up for ourselves this time, they will just walk all over us

    lets do it im sick and tired of no pay increase, more pension contributions, staff cuts etc

    this govt have thrown the nhs into chaos
    and now they want us to give up even more..ive had enough

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  • would walk out tomorrow if we had the sick and tired of been kicked in the teeth time and time again

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  • Bring it on. We keep on threatening but never actually have any action. Management must be having a good laugh at our expense. Why should we accept a gradual erosion in pay and terms and conditions when we are expected to do more and more work for less pay? Nurses just seem so apathetic and allow themselves to be trampled into the ground. We are professionals with high levels of skill and experience, and we should be treated accordingly. We are allowing ourselves to be treated with the utmost disrespect. Just one short, large-scale strike, and the NHS will soon realise our value.

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