Eleven trade unions representing NHS workers including nurses, midwives, cleaners, pharmacists, scientists, porters, secretaries, paramedics, occupational therapists, radiographers, dieticians, healthcare assistants, kitchen and maintenance staff stage a week of industrial action starting on Monday 24 November.
Nine of the unions representing the majority of NHS staff will stage a four-hour stoppage between 7am and 11am. Workers will be working to rule for the rest of that week (until Sunday 30 November 2014) *
Christina McAnea, chair of the NHS trade unions, said:
“This industrial action is set to be even stronger as more unions have joined it. Unions are committed to ensuring patient safety remains paramount by only having a four-hour stoppage. But the Government has no such concern and even seem to want this dispute to escalate.
We have given them every opportunity to find a resolution. But Jeremy Hunt is still refusing to negotiate with the trade unions, leaving staff no option but to take this action. The NHS depends on the goodwill and commitment of the workforce and this is now at breaking point.
This dispute is not going away. We are asking for fair pay and the recognition that some NHS workers are facing genuine hardship as a result of the Government unfair pay policy.”
The trade unions taking part in the action are:
- Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
- Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT)
- Society of Radiographers (SoR)
- British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT)
- Unite the union
- Managers in Partnership (MiP)
- Prison Officers Association (POA)
- Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association* (HCSA)
- British Dietetic Association * (BDA)
*HCSA and BDA will stage a week of action short of strike action between Tuesday 25 and Sunday 30 November 2014.
SoR will be staging a four-hour stoppage between 8am and 12 noon on Monday 24 November 2014.
The new unions taking part in the second set of joint industrial action are: the BDA, POA and SoR.