Unions invite health chiefs for meeting with NHS workers

NHS staff side trade unions have invited Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS Employers Chief Executive Dean Royles to meet them and health workers to discuss the growing dispute over pay in the service. 

In a bid to get talks going, health union leaders, are travelling to Liverpool tomorrow (5 June) where Jeremy Hunt and Dean Royles are attending the NHS Confederation conference. 

Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said: 

“We have invited Jeremy Hunt to meet with NHS staff to discuss the latest pay offer on several occasions, but the Secretary of State has persistently refused to do so. 

“NHS staff and trade unions are increasingly angry at the provocative claim that Hunt is giving them a pay rise.

“The reality is that the Government has ignored the 1% increase to hourly rates of pay recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body. And instead, they have imposed a continued pay freeze formost NHS staff in England. 

“Jeremy Hunt has refused to speak to the unions about his decision to deny a pay rise to 60% of health workers despite the threat of a potential major dispute in the NHS in England.

“This Government is seriously underfunding the NHS and expecting staff to bear the brunt of this by taking a cut in pay. If the Secretary of State recognises that staff are the NHS’s greatest asset he needs to do more than just use fine words. 

“We appreciate they both have demanding jobs, so we are going to them in Liverpool where they will be attending a conference.”

UNISON has invited all health trade unions to join them in a day of protest – on Thursday 5 June – calling for fair pay in the NHS under the TUC led campaign All Together for the NHS. 

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UNISON Press office on 0207 121 5255 or 07508 08 0383

 

Notes to Editors:

Christina McAnea is Head of Health at UNISON and chair of the 16 NHS trade unions’ negotiating group.

Photo Opportunities:

At 11.45am NHS workers will be pictured outside the Department of Health in Westminster (Richmond House, 79 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2NS)

And at noon outside ACC Liverpool (Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront L3 4FP) – where the 2014 NHS Confederation conference is taking place – to mark the beginning of a joint union campaign calling for fair pay for NHS staff.

All Together for the NHS
There are 14 unions in the All Together for the NHS campaign – the BMA, the British Dietetic Association, the British Orthoptic Society Trade Union, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the GMB, the Hospital Consultants’ and Specialists’ Association, Managers in Partnership, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Society of Radiographers, the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, UNISON and Unite.