In the worst cases, where specialist nurses could fall from a band seven to a band six post, this will result in pay cuts of up to £10,000 including unsocial hours payments, said Unison. The proposals could also result in the closure of two wards.
Jenny Flood, Unison’s regional organiser, told NT that there will be a three week period of negotiations starting today week to try and resolve the dispute.
The trust must pay off debts of £40m in the next three years and is in the process of moving to a new site.
A joint statement from the hospital, Unison and the RCN said: ‘Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UNISON and RCN have agreed to work together over the next 3 weeks to explore the issues raised by the current workforce restructuring proposals.’