More than 300,000 NHS members will be balloted on industrial action over the pay offer staring on 28 August. The ballot will close on 18 September.
The government rejected the NHS Pay Review body recommendation of 1% and in England only NHS staff at the top of their pay band will get 1%. Those paid an increment will get nothing – so over two thirds of staff will not get a cost of living pay award. Furthermore the 1% increase will be a one off “non-consolidated sum” so will not count of unsocial hours, overtime pay of pensions.
By 2017 NHS staff will have suffered 6 years worth of pay cuts in real terms.
The union is urging members to vote yes for both strike action and action short of strike. Most importantly, whatever the members’ view, the y are bing asked to vote to ensure that there is a high ballot turn out.
The Health Service Group Executive (SGE) will meet after the ballot closes to consider the results and if there is a yes vote it is likely there will be stoppages in early Octobers, followed by further strike and action short of strike action over the Autumn/Winter.