Ballot opens for NHS strike action

Ballot opens for NHS strike action

Ballot opens for NHS strike action

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Thousands of NHS workers across Sussex are being balloted over strike action in a row over pay.

Unison is asking members if they will back walkouts after the Government’s decision to not accept a recommended across-the-board 1% wage rise for NHS staff.

The ballot will run until September 18, with members being asked if they will take strike action or action short of a strike.

If approved, the industrial action will take place in early October.

Hospitals across the county could face disruption if nurses, therapists, porters, paramedics, medical secretaries, cooks, cleaners and healthcare assistants take action.

Tony Jones, of Unison, said: “We all know the NHS relies on the good will of its staff.

“NHS workers have been badly hit by the rise in the cost of living and the Government’s move is unfair and deliberately provocative.

“Voting for strike action is never an easy decision – even more so for NHS workers who spend their lives caring for people.

“But the Government’s refusal to give the vast majority any pay increase this year is a slap in the face.

“A well motivated workforce saves lives so we need to cherish and support our NHS staff who work day in day out caring for others.”

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10:02am Fri 29 Aug 14

G Wiley says...

Good old Unison - almost everyone has been hit by the rise in the cost-of-living - it's called austerity measures and we've all had to make savings to make end's meet, because of the way the previous government had a spend-spend-spend mentality.

So now you want to call a strike to convince everyone of the bl**ding obvious.

Anyhow, I imagine the watermelons will be totally behind you - looking forward to the anti-capitalist anti-privatisation rants from their sycophantic supporters.
Good old Unison - almost everyone has been hit by the rise in the cost-of-living - it's called austerity measures and we've all had to make savings to make end's meet, because of the way the previous government had a spend-spend-spend mentality. So now you want to call a strike to convince everyone of the bl**ding obvious. Anyhow, I imagine the watermelons will be totally behind you - looking forward to the anti-capitalist anti-privatisation rants from their sycophantic supporters. G Wiley
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11:06am Fri 29 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Many NHS staff are suffering horrendously and it's being kept out of the media.

Many areas of hospitals are being privatised - because the private health companies know they can make a fortune out of some areas. The staff are being told to accept a 35% pay cut. Now for some that may be ok but for many it is not. What does a single mother with young children do? Who has worked extremely hard to get a mortgage that will now be faced with the prospect of not being able to pay that mortgage, is that acceptable to anyone? It is not to me.

Do not ignore what is going on. New laws have been passed that allow this type of immoral behaviour to happen without any chance of it now being stopped. This is what the conservatives and lib dems have done and are still doing.

Write to your MP and complain and tell them to stop now. Tell them you will not vote for them again if they continue.

We cannot afford to lose our NHS.

We do not want to end up like the USA where you have to pay around £350 per month, per person for health insurance. There are so many bad doctors in the USA who make mistakes but nothing is done because the health insurance companies pay them all and say nothing! It is criminal. This has been going on for decades and is getting worse. Don't let it happen here.
Many NHS staff are suffering horrendously and it's being kept out of the media. Many areas of hospitals are being privatised - because the private health companies know they can make a fortune out of some areas. The staff are being told to accept a 35% pay cut. Now for some that may be ok but for many it is not. What does a single mother with young children do? Who has worked extremely hard to get a mortgage that will now be faced with the prospect of not being able to pay that mortgage, is that acceptable to anyone? It is not to me. Do not ignore what is going on. New laws have been passed that allow this type of immoral behaviour to happen without any chance of it now being stopped. This is what the conservatives and lib dems have done and are still doing. Write to your MP and complain and tell them to stop now. Tell them you will not vote for them again if they continue. We cannot afford to lose our NHS. We do not want to end up like the USA where you have to pay around £350 per month, per person for health insurance. There are so many bad doctors in the USA who make mistakes but nothing is done because the health insurance companies pay them all and say nothing! It is criminal. This has been going on for decades and is getting worse. Don't let it happen here. getThisCoalitionOut
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11:11am Fri 29 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

G Wiley wrote:
Good old Unison - almost everyone has been hit by the rise in the cost-of-living - it's called austerity measures and we've all had to make savings to make end's meet, because of the way the previous government had a spend-spend-spend mentality.

So now you want to call a strike to convince everyone of the bl**ding obvious.

Anyhow, I imagine the watermelons will be totally behind you - looking forward to the anti-capitalist anti-privatisation rants from their sycophantic supporters.
You may not be aware of this but NHS workers have not had any pay rises for about 6 years. In fact they've had a pay cut because if they drive to work and most have to, the charges for parking in the hospital car parks have gone up.

When you look into it - this is only relevant to those on the lower pay bandings - the poorest people. Managers have awarded themselves quite high pay rises. They get cars too - lovely, brand new, expensive cars. The consultants - those on the highest pay - don't have to pay to park.

What is going on isn't fair or right. The poorest should not be made to suffer more.

Please look into what is really going on in our hospitals, our government - expenses for our MP's has risen dramatically under this government and caMORON has spent the most ever on Moet champagne than any previous PM.
[quote][p][bold]G Wiley[/bold] wrote: Good old Unison - almost everyone has been hit by the rise in the cost-of-living - it's called austerity measures and we've all had to make savings to make end's meet, because of the way the previous government had a spend-spend-spend mentality. So now you want to call a strike to convince everyone of the bl**ding obvious. Anyhow, I imagine the watermelons will be totally behind you - looking forward to the anti-capitalist anti-privatisation rants from their sycophantic supporters.[/p][/quote]You may not be aware of this but NHS workers have not had any pay rises for about 6 years. In fact they've had a pay cut because if they drive to work and most have to, the charges for parking in the hospital car parks have gone up. When you look into it - this is only relevant to those on the lower pay bandings - the poorest people. Managers have awarded themselves quite high pay rises. They get cars too - lovely, brand new, expensive cars. The consultants - those on the highest pay - don't have to pay to park. What is going on isn't fair or right. The poorest should not be made to suffer more. Please look into what is really going on in our hospitals, our government - expenses for our MP's has risen dramatically under this government and caMORON has spent the most ever on Moet champagne than any previous PM. getThisCoalitionOut
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12:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

G Wiley says...

@getThisCoalitionOut - your points may be valid - but that is not what Unison is claiming in this article.

I'm not surprised to see you sour grapes about Cameron, the consultants and the managers.

In fact in most companies I have worked they never had cost-of-living increases. If you wanted more money you had to get a promotion or rise up the scale for your job by working well, or by moving to another job.

Which staff are being asked to take a 35% pay cut? Is it all of them or just a few?

And where has anyone said that the NHS was going to be privatised and we would have to pay £350 a month for health care?

You seem to come from the same camp for providing misleading information as HJarrs.
@getThisCoalitionOut - your points may be valid - but that is not what Unison is claiming in this article. I'm not surprised to see you sour grapes about Cameron, the consultants and the managers. In fact in most companies I have worked they never had cost-of-living increases. If you wanted more money you had to get a promotion or rise up the scale for your job by working well, or by moving to another job. Which staff are being asked to take a 35% pay cut? Is it all of them or just a few? And where has anyone said that the NHS was going to be privatised and we would have to pay £350 a month for health care? You seem to come from the same camp for providing misleading information as HJarrs. G Wiley
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