- 2016 Health Care Service Group Conference
- 6 December 2015
Conference notes that according to Oxfam (March 2014), the five richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20 per cent of the entire population – five households with more money than 12.6 million people – almost the same as the number of people living below the poverty line in the UK.
The Joseph Rowntree Trust reported (Dec 2013) that more working households were living in poverty in the UK than non-working ones.
The Government’s November 2015 Autumn statement continues the attacks on the living standards of the 99%.
Conference condemns the Government’s remit letter for NHS staff in England which restricts the Pay Review Body’s determination and which also requested that the Pay Review Body takes a view on ‘targeting’ the 1%.
Conference believes that the union’s Pay Campaign should present a clear demand on pay to include:
• To win the healthcare Conference policy of a £10 hour minimum wage and
• to win no less than a £1 an hour pay increase
Conference believes that a serious campaign to mobilise members to win such a claim would enthuse and mobilise members and could be used to co-ordinate a campaign across all four countries.
Conference calls on the Health Service Group Executive to present a pay claim that includes:
1)A £10 hour minimum wage
2) A minimum wage increase of £1 an hour
Furthermore, Conference calls on the Health Service Group Executive to plan a co-ordinated campaign across all four countries and to mobilise the membership in support of the claim.