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NHS workers set to vote on government's pension reforms


Hundreds of thousands of NHS workers will today start voting on whether to accept the government’s controversial pension reforms, with a no vote set to spark fresh strikes.

Unison said its 450,000 health service members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including nurses, therapists, paramedics, cooks, cleaners and porters, will be balloted in the next few weeks.

The move follows votes over Easter by the two biggest teachers’ unions for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses.

Delegates at the annual conferences of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT both backed industrial action, following a strike last November by more than one and a half million public sector workers, and by thousands of teachers and lecturers in London last month.

There is speculation that another strike by public sector workers could be held on May 10 as part of continuing opposition to the pension changes.

Christina McAnea, Unison’s head of health, said: “The union will be giving full and open information on what it will mean for individual members’ pensions, so they are in the best position to make an informed decision.

“We are still disappointed that the proposals don’t meet all our aspirations for health workers, particularly around the retirement age. But the ballot papers will also recognise that rejecting the offer would require members to take further industrial action.

“We have given a commitment from day one that it is for our members to decide and we are keeping to that commitment. This is a massive consultation exercise far bigger than any other in the trade union movement.”

The result will be known at the end of April.



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  • what has changed since the last time?

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  • tinkerbell

    Perhaps this will be a more serious, concerted effort response from nurses, give us a second chance to realise, for those a bit slow on the uptake. I believe in second chances. Ever the optimist.

    I hope. When our NHS employed handmen came to fix something on our ward yesterday and i mentioned Lansley they said 'Who?'. Then i went on a roll, they still remained clueless. Let's hope we're not relying on those 3 stooges, who never have a screwdriver between them so that i have had to resort to bringing in my own screwdriver to work to get anything done in the handyman department.

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  • Lets hope it is a better bloody strike than the last one then!!!! The government had a good laugh over that one, and realised that they may well be able to do what they like.

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  • Still no Mike? Has anyone heard anything about him? He would usually have plenty to say on the subject.

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  • Would be good to get a resounding "NO" vote, then everyone effected to support a proper day of protest to show this Government what we really think.

    What will happen however, is that very few will respond, those that do will accept because they know a strike willl not be supported by enough NHS staff, and the end will be a few steps closer.

    Apathy and fear win the day again!!!!!!!!!

    Goodbye NHS, it was good while it lasted.

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    Tipperary Tim | 12-Apr-2012 10:17 am

    Tim don't get me started!

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  • tinkerbell | 12-Apr-2012 11:49 am

    Sorry Tink.

    Know exactly how you feel.

    Keep taking the blood pressure tabs. and hope to survive to retirement.(That`s what I`m doing anyway).

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    Tipperary Tim | 12-Apr-2012 1:24 pm

    should think so too. Only just managed to calm myself down lately now that we all know it's a done deal and hardly a titter. NHS RIP.

    Our manager has now informed us he would like us to take our degrees in nursing , myself as ward sister and my unit manager. I'm supposed to retire this october, though can't afford to and my unit manager due to retire next year. Is he having a giraffe? I think the rationale is that it will look better if we've got one in our role and function despite 25 years in nursing.

    Oh anything for a study day i suppose to give me poor old back a rest from the frontline.

    Will we have to go on placements to learn how to do the job? You gotta laugh ain't cha?

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  • tinkerbell

    so now they are going to reduce our wages acros the region. Couldn't make it up could ya? We're all going to become one big charity, the big society, back to work houses and victoriana. Never mind nurses needing a degree to be a nurse, you wont be needing one of those for ladling out soup in a soup kitchen. Florence worked so hard to make nursing a profession but even she had to retire to her bed. She was a woman ahead of her time.

    Now we are going backwards in time because nurses are not prepared to say 'NO' to ANYTHING it seems.

    Welcome to the new nhs. Young nurses unless you are incredibly rich get out now whilst you still have a body that can get you about from A to B without breaking down on you from years of wear and tear. There will be no one in this new society to look after you when it is gone.

    This shower in government have no respect for the elderly, vulnerable young or old without a voice. In the future they will probably be left to roam the streets in 'don't care in the community' because everything is so under resourced despite all the rhetoric. It's so much cheaper to have care in the community when it doesn't exist and all our hospitals topped up with private patients so no one else can get a look in.

    I wish i were wrong, but the writing's on the wall in big bold captial letters. NO HEALTH WITHOUT WEALTH.

    Nursing has a tough time ahead, things are going to get much worse until another government changes things and that might never happen either.

    We have been defeated because we never stood our ground. In a fight where a bit more than just a nurses squabble was involved we have been found sadly wanting.

    Back to debating whether we should have a shiny badge or not to prove our worth. That seemed to generate more interest. Speaks volumes doesn't it?

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  • tinkerbell

    just heard a good line on have i got news for you programme.

    Rich people don't need toilet paper
    they just wipe their bums with poor people.

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