GMB members working in the NHS and ambulance service have submitted their 2024/25 pay claim.
The claim includes demands for a pay rise and free staff parking.
A flat rate increase of £1.50 per hour would mean a 13 per cent pay rise for the lowest paid, while GMB research shows NHS trusts trousered £46 million from staff parking in 2022/23.
Measures on ambulance retirement age and safe staffing levels are also included in the claim
More than 13,000 GMB ambulance workers took part in multiple strike days last year, eventually winning themselves an above inflation pay rise from the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC)
GMB Union has now refused to engage with the NHS Pay Review Body until it is reformed - questioning the body’s independence from the Government.
As a result, GMB members’ pay claim will be delivered directly to DHSC.
Rachel Harrison, GMB National Secretary, said:
“GMB will not engage with the NHS Pay Review Body process until it has been significantly reformed – with NHS and ambulance workers confident it's truly independent.
“After extensive consultation with members, GMB have today submitted a pay claim directly to Government and asked for pay negotiations.
“We now await the Secretary of State’s response.”