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GMB to ballot NHS members over 'real terms pay cut'

30 Jul 2021
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GMB Union has no hesitation in recommending members reject the 3% pay proposal and no hesitation in supporting members if they want to take action 

GMB Union is to ballot members on the 3% NHS pay increase – which amounts to another real terms pay cut. 

The announcement on pay, which comes four months late, is just 3% - far below the current inflation rate of 3.9%. 

A miserly 3% is simply not good enough.We have no hesitation in recommending members vote to reject the 3% and no hesitation in supporting members if they want to take action.

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer

GMB is campaigning for a 15% pay increase to make up for a decade of pay cuts under the Conservatives. 

The ballot opens on Friday, August 6 and closes six weeks later on September 17. 

GMB is recommending members to reject the 3%. 

GMB was the only union to reject the last NHS pay deal in 2018 – which was also another real terms pay cut. 

Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: 

“A miserly 3% is simply not good enough. It’s another real terms pay cut and after the year health workers have had it’s downright offensive. 

"GMB is calling for a restorative 15% increase to make up for a decade of slashed pay under the Conservatives. 

“We have no hesitation in recommending members vote to reject the 3% and no hesitation in supporting members if they want to take action.” 

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