The protests will take place outside hospitals after years of falling pay in the health service. Protests are planned at North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Whiston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospital, Southport Hospital, Blackburn Infirmary and Cumberland Infirmary.
In addition, a delegation of frontline health workers will join Christina McAnea, Chair of the National Staff Side organisations, to bring the fair pay message to the NHS Confederation national conference in Liverpool, where senior managers are meeting.
The protests will highlight the dire state of NHS pay and the devastating impact of cuts to NHS budgets under the coalition.
Paul Foley, UNISON North West’s Head of Health said:
“Members don’t take action often or easily, but this time it feels that we have no choice. We want to use this day to build support for a resounding yes vote when we ballot for strike action.
“Our members in the NHS tell us they are demoralised, overworked and undervalued. We also know that a demotivated workforce is bad for patients. Pay in the NHS has been effectively cut by 10% since the coalition came to power.”