After the Tory government’s public sector pay announcement of 5% to NHS workers, the health service group executive of Unison, the biggest public sector union, discussed its response.
Unison’s position, along with all other unions, is to oppose the pay award and seek to improve it.
The health service executive met and was unanimous in its opposition. It was agreed that to improve this offer, industrial action was required.
Unison is now drawing up plans and setting the timetable for an industrial action ballot, with the objective to coordinate action with the other NHS unions where possible.
Socialist Party members on the health executive are pressing to ensure that no momentum is lost, that all available time in advance of a ballot be used to build the campaign, and that the union puts in all the resources necessary to give the best possible chance of the biggest possible vote for action.
- The national council of the Royal College of Nursing has announced that it will ballot its members on whether they want to take industrial action.