Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/538/6184

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 June 2008

Reopen the battle on NHS pay

Adrian O'Malley is the chair of Unison's Wakefield and Pontefract Hospitals branch and newly elected to Unison's health service group executive (SGE) for Yorkshire and Humberside. He spoke to The Socialist, in a personal capacity, about the result of the recent Unison ballot accepting a three-year pay deal.

"I was disappointed in the ballot result because we'd got a good campaign going in our branch. Members were saying they'd all voted against it so we were a bit surprised and disappointed to hear it was 2:1 to accept nationally.

Most of them are absolutely gutted that we've got a three-year pay deal which is going to end up in pay cuts for four full years, following last year. So they feel let down by the union.

But I think that a lot of branches didn't make a recommendation. Also, there's a lot of not very active branches in Unison health where members were not getting any recommendation and just received the biased stuff from head office.

In our branch we had branch committee meetings to recommend a rejection. We also had smaller meetings of individual members and we sent a letter to each member's home prior to the ballot going out. So all 2,000 members got a recommendation from the branch - not just to reject but for strike action to fight for a better deal.

Unison haven't even announced the turnout, we think that's because it was low.

I think also that members were looking at the union and thinking: 'They haven't even made a recommendation so how serious are these people? They're giving no leadership whatsoever. They don't even say reject then they say if you do reject the deal, you'll have to be ready for long periods of strike action.'

What they should have been saying is - this deal is terrible, let's go for it, let's have a fight on pay.

I've just been elected to the SGE and on my election notice I said I support strike action to get more pay.

There is a clause in the deal which says that if inflation goes up we can reopen negotiations. So we'll be calling for it to be reopened so we don't have to wait years before we get another pay rise.

There's actually a motion from one region to the SGE already calling for the deal to be reopened and that will be discussed in July.

I'll be supporting that with fellow Socialist Party member Len Hockey who has also just got elected from the London region.

We really feel that the union leaders have done a deal with New Labour to avoid the embarrassment of strike action and in doing that they have betrayed the membership with pay cuts for a few years. So they must be brought to task."

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


In The Socialist 18 June 2008:

No! to racism: Yes! to decent jobs, homes and public services

No! to racism: Yes! to decent jobs, homes and public services

Unite and fight against racism

Protest at BNP 'hate festival'

Let AmDani stay!

conference


International socialist news and analysis

Lisbon Treaty 'No' vote delivers major shock for political and big business Establishment


Socialist Party campaigns

Shell drivers strike

David Davis - sanity or carving a position?

Greater Manchester - save your post office

London protest over Rajapaksa's dismal human rights record

Stop big business polluting our environment


Education

Stop New Labour's divisive school academy plans


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: Polyclinics - Stop this backdoor privatisation

PFI - a very bad deal for the NHS

Reopen the battle on NHS pay


Socialist Party campaigns

End the occupations

Unison conference: Angry delegates attack leaders


Post office closures

Leeds: Stop Beeston post office closures


Socialist Party workplace news

National Shop Stewards Network Conference

CWU's link with Labour hotly debated

Victory against bosses at Keele

Workplace news in brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 June 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

NHS:

triangle1,400 beds empty as patients lay in corridors: health unions must act now

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleMay elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

Pay:

triangleUsdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: The fight against zero-hour contracts and low pay

triangleGender pay gap figures show need for trade union action

triangleMcStrike: ballot for strike action at six McDonald's stores

Unison:

triangleTaking the anti-austerity message to the chancellor's back yard

triangleVictimised recycling strikers uncowed as Hull strike wave builds

triangleNHS pay: Reject the Tories' divide and rule offer

Wakefield:

triangleTory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

triangleWakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

Pontefract:

triangleAnti-fracking campaigners' legal fight

Strike:

triangleUCU members vote to end pensions dispute

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/4/18

UCU

UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

18/4/18

Usdaw

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

18/4/18

Leeds

Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

18/4/18

Hull

Hull says no to war, no to austerity

18/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

18/4/18

Socialist Party

Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

18/4/18

Fighting Fund

Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

18/4/18

Scotland

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

18/4/18

Newham

Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

18/4/18

PCS

Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

18/4/18

PCS

PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

18/4/18

Bromley

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

18/4/18

Butterfields

Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

13/4/18

Cuts

Fighting the cuts to women's services

11/4/18

Health

May elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999