NHS workers will have their chance to vote for strike action over pay when ballot papers start dropping through doors from Thursday (28 August).
UNISON – the union for NHS staff –is urging members to vote Yes in the ballot, which could lead to industrial action during the Autumn.
Also on Thursday, senior Labour Party and UNISON speakers will attend a public meeting at Dukinfield Town Hall at 7pm to discuss the future of the NHS.
Angela Rayner, UNISON North West Regional Convenor, said:
“This is a crucial time for our NHS. The Coalition Government has stripped £21bn out of the health budget and our services are creaking under the strain. The Government’s damaging reorganisation of the health service not only squandered £2bn but has facilitated large scale privatisation.
“There is a chronic shortage of staff and our NHS workers are under pressure and undervalued. Their pay has been cut by an average of 10% since the present Government came to power. We need to cherish and support our NHS staff who work day in day out caring for others.
“We’re encouraging our members to vote Yes to take action and we’d like to encourage members of the public to attend the meeting on Thursday. We all have a stake in the NHS and it is time we came together to defend it.”
- The meeting is at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday 28 August at 7pm. The speakers will be Andrew Gwynne MP (Denton and Reddish), Paul Foley (UNISON North West Head of Health), Kieran Quinn (Leader of Tameside Council) and Angela Rayner (UNISON North West Regional Convenor).