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Union bargaining to stop NHS worker protests?

NHS workers have not been offered a pay increase for the second year in a row.

20 September 2011

Union bargaining may be required to prevent demonstrations from NHS workers after a pay freeze was announced.

Rehana Azam, national officer at GMB, noted this course of action from the government is both "unhelpful and unfair".

The representative noted the worst part of it is that the decision comes at a time when many families are already struggling because of the cost of living.

Unite - the biggest union in the UK and Ireland - is worried that increasing demand, the pay freeze and shrinking resources will lead to a drop in the quality of care from staff.

Christina McAnea, NHS staff-side chair for Unison, said: "The current turmoil in the NHS is undermining staff morale and threatening the delivery of high-quality patient care."

This is the second year in a row that no increase in wages has been offered to NHS employees, which has left many of them struggling to meet basic living costs.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: Unite press release, September 20th

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