Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/550/6454

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 October 2008

Union calls ballot over health pay

DELEGATES TO the Amicus/Unite NHS National Industrial Committee have voted unanimously to ballot members for action over pay in October. Industrial action will follow in late November, if members support this in the ballot.

A member of the Unite NHS committee

Unite, out of all the NHS trade unions, refused to sign up for the disastrous three-year pay deal negotiated by the Unison and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) lead negotiators. This averages about 2.5% a year from 2008 through to April 2010.

There was much frustration with Unison and the RCN officials, who concluded the deal just as inflation began to go through the roof. They now find themselves tied in knots by their eagerness to strike a deal at any price.

Unite's national officer for health, David Fleming, explained that members' pay will lag inflation by at least 50% over the next three years, and if we end up with a Tory government, NHS workers' pay could be effectively cut for the next eight years.

The low-paid simply cannot afford it. Thousands of NHS workers are in Band 2, earning around 13,000 a year, and 2.5% of their wages amounts to just 27 a month, about 4 a week after tax. Even for those in higher pay bands, eight years of pay decay will seriously affect their spending, and even worse, their pensions.

There was a sober discussion about the likely outcome of any ballot. Members do not like the fact that the other NHS unions seem to have abandoned the field, and may not be able to legally ballot to re-open the deal.

But delegates were encouraged by the likely action in the wider public sector. We have no choice but to take action to defend our living standards and to stand up for ourselves and the NHS.

Every Unite rep in the NHS now has a responsibility to show leadership and to get a 'yes' vote in the ballot. The members cannot afford this three-year deal.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 2 October 2008:


Socialist Party editorial

Market madness!


Credit crunch

Bradford & Bingley: We need real nationalisation

The bishop and the 'bank robbers'

Russia: economic crisis looms

What is short-selling and will the ban have any effect?

Short-sellers back Tories

Another nail in New Labour's coffin


Socialist Students

Student debt soaring

Lots of new recruits for Socialist Students


Global Warming

Climate change calamities: Socialist planning needed

Cuts and privatisation threaten new floods


Socialist Party workplace news

Local government pay dispute in Scotland: solid support for strike

Unison goes to arbitration - a strategy or surrender?

Union calls ballot over health pay

Unions must fight to defend Ford jobs

Lincoln - fight council cuts plan

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party campaigns

Jean Charles de Menezes


Comment

Conditions in China


Socialist Party review

Liberty by Glyn Maxwell at Shakespeare's Globe


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 October 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Unite:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

triangleBin strike: council humiliated in court battle - but war isn't over yet

Pay:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleWhat we saw

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

Health:

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleTories wreck our NHS

NHS:

triangleUprising to save the NHS!

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2