Ballot papers are arriving with Unison health workers this week for voting on the derisory pay offer from the government.
As discussed previously in Solidarity, the offer for 2014/15 which was the cause of our dispute has not changed at all. The 1% [+ £200 for bands 1&2] offered for 2015/16 is still a real terms pay cut for the vast majority and comes with strings attached of negotiating on all our terms and conditions. The fact that our negotiators saw fit to even present this offer shows the weak state of our organisation.
Health workers must vote to reject this offer if we are to stand any chance of halting further attacks particularly those lined up on unsocial hours payments.
A further strike, to be called if members reject the offer, has been set for 13 March. Even if we win a rejection, we have lots of work to do to build effective strike action for that date.
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