Health workers suspend strike plans


Health workers have suspended plans to strike later this week after the Government offered a new deal in the continued dispute over pay.

NHS staff and paramedics were due to take industrial action on Thursday, January 29 but have temporarily cancelled the plans while they discuss a new pay proposal put forward by the Department of Health today.

GMB, Unison and Unite will now consult all of their members on whether to accept the offer or not. The Royal College of Midwives has also confirmed they will suspend the 12-hour strike action planned for this Thursday.

Unison head of health and the unions’ lead negotiator, Christina McAnea, said, “The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.

“This isn’t a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients’ safety, unions will now consult members.

“It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action.”

The conciliatory offer made by the government is understood to include a one per cent pay rise for staff up to band 8B, which takes in senior nurses, lower paid staff to also get an extra £200 a year in their salary and the bottom level of pay will be increased to £15,100 a year. There is also a commitment from the government that the NHS Pay Review Body will continue to make future recommendations on pay uplift for NHS staff in 2016/17.