Eastbourne’s NHS workers will get the opportunity to vote for strike action this week.
Ballot papers started dropping through doors last week, August 28.]Nurses, paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners and healthcare assistants among those voting in the dispute
Trade Union UNISON members have been putting pressure on the government after they decided to ignore the independent NHS Pay Review Body recommendation to award a 1% pay rise to all NHS staff.
Instead 60% of NHS staff, including 70% of nurses, have been denied a pay award this year.
“We all know the NHS relies on the good will of its staff,” said Tony Jones, Unison’s South East Regional Head of Health.
NHS workers have been badly hit by the rise in the cost of living and the Government’s move is unfair and deliberately provocative.
“The Government has gone too far; Unison is balloting NHS workers and giving them the opportunity to make their voices heard and turn their anger into action.
“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.
“Staff are on average 10% worse off than when the coalition came to power and this means their families are suffering and morale is hitting rock bottom. 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.”
Over 24,500 NHS workers in the south East have a chance to vote.
350,000 ballot papers in total have been sent to NHS workers across the country.
Unison’s ballot opens on Thursday and will close on September 18.