Hospital staff strike over pay
MORE than 100 staff at Stepping Hill Hospital staged a four-hour strike on Monday, November 24 in a protest over pay.
Members of nine NHS unions in England and Northern Ireland – including nurses, midwives, ambulance staff and radiographers – walked out in protest at the Government denying them the one per cent increase approved pay increase. by a pay review body. “MPs say they will reluctantly
The rise, recommended accept a 10 per cent for all staff, has gone rise for themselves ahead in Scotland and because it has been recommended Wales. body,by an but independentthe
Penny Modinos, a CBT therapist in secondary Government won’t even care at Stepping Hill, who pay NHS workers one per joined the strike action, cent.” said: “We don’t go on Ministers have awarded strike lightly but it is one staff in England the one pc of the few ways we have of boost, but only those without being heard by the powers automatic job progression that be. rises. “People are very determined to achieve a fair
Neal Linsky, UNISON North West regional organiser, said: “The response from the public has been overwhelming.
“Motorists on the A6 have been beeping their horns in support of NHS staff. The public seem surprised to learn how badly NHS workers are paid and how living standards have fallen so much in recent years.” NHS England has estimated around 1 in 30 of 450,000 staff nationwide due at work took part.