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NHS staff in Budget day protests over 'insulting' pay offer


Health workers will stage Budget day protests today against the government’s “insulting” pay offer.

Demonstrations are expected in Westminster and Bristol, amid continuing anger over the coalition’s decision not to accept recommendations from a pay review body.

Around half of NHS workers in England and Wales will have to rely on their annual incremental increase for a pay rise this year.

“We do expect the government to implement the review body recommendations”

Rehana Azam

Rehana Azam, national officer of the GMB, said: “In the last Budget the chancellor announced that NHS workers would receive a pay rise, but health secretary Jeremy Hunt has decided to take an axe to the NHS pay review body recommendations.

“It comes to something when the chancellor says one thing and government departments do another,” she said.

“[The ] GMB is not interested in the differences between the chancellor and secretary of state for health, but we do expect the government to implement the review body recommendations.

She added: “If it’s fair for the MPs’ pay review body recommendations to be accepted by the government, why can’t the same principle apply to hardworking NHS workers?”

Health workers and activists, organised by Unite, will be protesting outside Bristol Royal Infirmary.

“This is another kick in the teeth for our NHS members “

Ken Fish

Unite regional officer Ken Fish said: “It is an insult that Jeremy Hunt did not accept the recommendation of the independent pay review body for a 1% pay rise for all workers.

“This is another kick in the teeth for our NHS members who are already dealing with additional work pressures, such as working unpaid longer hours, increased workloads, and local attacks on their terms and conditions.

“These attacks on the NHS, which we believe are part of the softening-up process to privatise large swathes of the health service, will have a detrimental impact on long-term patient care.”

Chancellor George Osborne is due to deliver this year’s Budget statement in the House of Commons from around 12.30pm today.



Readers' comments (7)

  • We really really really need to strike!!!!!!

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  • m p's are so constipated and need an enema as they are so full of it!!!!!!!! yes go for it

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  • what will come out if you given them an enema? :-)

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  • Come on RCN, ballot us for a strike at least! I'm itching to protest!

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  • The cheek of the NMC to ask to increase our registration, not doing much for us

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  • Scotland 1 - England 'nil point', what a surprise!

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  • The refusal of the government to implement fully the review bodies recommendations is a disgrace. I was at the top of band 5 until very recently earning £27,901. In March 2014 I attained promotion to band 6 now earning £28,755. Had I stayed as a band 5 with the 1% pay rise from April my salary would have increased to £28,180 as I have had an incremental rise due the promotion I am taking it that I want be entitled to the 1% rise hence if this is correct that means I will be taking on a lot more responsibility for just an extra £575 a year: If this is the case I am feeling a bit disheartened:

    Regarding the incremental pay rises on HM Treasury web site it states "Those getting a progression pay increase (incremental pay increases for time served in a role typically worth 3 percent) will only receive this". This is an unjust thing to say incremental rises are given in recognition of an increase in knowledge and skills and for an increase in responsibility.

    I personally feel the government are very wrong to say and do what they are doing. It would be totally unacceptable to allow them to attack our terms and conditions once again as adjustments were made only last year. Under no circumstances should any NHS member of staff take home less pay than they do at present and we should get a yearly increase to protect us against inflation. I love my job but how we are getting treated is really is disheartening.

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