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Health union suspends planned strike over pay in Wales

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Unison in Wales has announced that it has decided to suspend industrial action by its NHS members planned for next week, after ministers put forward fresh proposals on pay.

Members of the union in Wales were due to strike on Monday 10 November, from 8.30am to 12 noon, followed by four days of working to rule.

A statement issued by Unison on Thursday said the union had opted to consult with its members on new proposals put forward by the Welsh Government.

These new proposals are a significant improvement for our members and the result of weeks of tough negotiations”

Dawn Bowden

Details of the new proposals have not been revealed, but have been described by Unison as a “significant improvement” on those previously tabled by the government.

In July, ministers had refused the blanket 1% pay increase recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body. Instead, they said all nursing staff on Agenda for Change contracts would get a one-off payment of £160 while those not at the top of pay bands would still receive incremental rises.

Dawn Bowden, Unison head of health in Wales, said: “These new proposals are a significant improvement for our members and the result of weeks of tough negotiations with the Welsh Government. 

“It is right that our NHS members now have a say and we will consult our members on the new proposals,” she said.

“Our priority continues to be to maintain jobs at the frontline of NHS Wales against a backdrop of severe cuts to our budget”

Welsh Government

The move was welcomed by the Welsh Government. A spokesman said: “These discussions have shown the progress we can make together when good industrial relations are maintained.

“We await the result of the consultation, which we hope will deliver a positive response,” he said. “Our priority continues to be to maintain jobs at the frontline of NHS Wales against a backdrop of severe cuts to our budget.”

Unison members had voted “overwhelmingly” in support of industrial action, with 77% of the 5,715 turnout agreeing to a strike and 90% in favour of action short of strike action.

Meanwhile, union members in England are set to stage a second four-hour walk out from 7am until 11am on Monday 24 November. It will be followed by working-to-rule till Sunday 30 November.

A total of 11 trade unions will take part in the strike, including Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Midwives. It follows an initial strike on 13 October by eight unions.

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  • 7 November 2014, Friday

    Please to ALL Trade Unions, Stop this nonsense of 4 hour walk out. Do what the Fire Brigade Union did last week, a FOUR DAY STRIKE is necessary.

    I bet you this will attract the attention of this current government which will bring them to the negotiating table.

    Its time to take risk for all the trade unions to support all their members Pay Rise in line with inflation.

    If you ask any Member of Parliament about their salary increase. Without any doubt, they will pass that law and immediately appropriate that budget to the House of Commons.

    Meanwhile Front line Staff are working hard to make both ends meet. It is a struggle these days to raise a family if you are the only breadwinner. The MPs do Not understand this frustrating economic situation, its every man for himself, they are greedy, selfish, liars and electioneering public officials. Who do Not know the meaning of Public Office is Public Trust.

    Who can we turn to these days? What happen to,"We are into these together"? If you are poor, in the middle squeeze soon to be poor. There is No more hope for you, only the rich and powerful can enjoy life.

    Its very unfair for health workers, who look after the health of the nation to be in this hopeless situation. Its very clear, the current government does Not care about the health workers economic situation.

    Recommendation: Cut back the executive pay of the board member and non member, Reduce the number of top and middle level managers, Stop the 20% charge of NHS Logistics, Health workers such as registered nurses and midwifes should only pay their professional registration fee of £75.00 per annum only.

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