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Reps Meet NHS Staff After Pay Deal Rejected

Friday, June 15, 2018

GMB REPS MEET NHS STAFF TO PLAN NEXT STEPS AFTER PAY OFFER REJECTED

Hard working and loyal staff, who endured almost a decade of pay freezes and caps, would be rewarded with a further three years real terms pay cuts, says GMB union.

GMB, the union for NHS staff, held a crunch meeting today after members overwhelmingly voted to reject Jeremy Hunt's NHS pay offer.

Last week, 87% of GMB members in the NHS voted to reject the pay offer. 

The offer would see more than half of NHS staff at the top of their pay band receive only a 6.5% uplift over next 3 years. 

With OBR predicting inflation increases of up to 9.6% over the same time period - this is set to amount to a real terms pay cut over the next 3 years for dedicated NHS and Ambulance staff.  [1]

GMB was the only one of the 14 NHS unions to reject the pay offer. 

At today's meeting, reps described the anger members felt after an eight year pay pinch to then be offered a deal which amounts to a real terms pay cut.

Helena O’Connor, NHS Nurse and GMB Member, said:

"GMB members like me rejected this offer because it is a rotten pay deal and it means experienced staff, at the top of their bands, get a flat, below inflation 6.5% offer over three years. We don’t think that is good enough.

“As an NHS nurse I’m calling on every single GMB nurse and clinical support worker to join in this battle.

“All the other unions have accepted this offer. GMB is the union that is sticking up for better pay and that we will continue to push for a fair deal for NHS staff."

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said:

“GMB members have sent a clear message to Jeremy Hunt - after years of real terms pay cuts,  this deal is not good enough.

 “Hard working and loyal staff, who have endured nearly a decade of wage freezes and caps, would be thanked with a further three years real terms pay cuts. Our members have spoken and the verdict is clear.

“At today’s meeting, GMB reps from the NHS and the Ambulance service brought messages from across the country from angry members who feel massively let down by this offer. 

"GMB regions will now begin planning for the next steps in our battle to end the pay pinch in the NHS and secure fair pay and conditions."

ENDS

Contact:  GMB Press office 07958 156846 press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] GMB has two distinct NHS committees – one for NHS staff and one for ambulance staff

 

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