GMB members vote to reject NHS cuts

by - 20th February 2013, 8.30 BST

GMB members employed in the NHS have voted to reject proposals for cuts in national pay and conditions.

They have called on other unions to similarly reject the plans NHS logoand stand united to defend attacks on the NHS.

GMB national officer Rehana Azam said: “GMB members in the NHS are fully committed to a national agreement which includes all devolved countries in the UK. The current proposal tabled by NHSE to cut terms and conditions only apply to NHS workers in England.

“GMB has a track record in engaging positively with Agenda for Change since 2004. The purpose of Agenda for Change was to achieve pay, equality and fairness to the terms and conditions of NHS Staff. The current discussions and proposals aims to put this at risk.

“The NHS is going through huge changes, cuts to services, redundancies and pay freezes are taking the toll on NHS workers.

“GMB members in the NHS have been clear that any proposals tabled by NHS employers had to include the retention of national agreement. Unfortunately this commitment has not followed and asking GMB members in the NHS to take a cut in their terms and conditions in return for nothing is simply a step too far.”

GMB members rejected the proposals for four reasons:

1. The NHS proposal only applies to England and therefore moves away from the national Agenda for Change agreement.

 2. The proposals are asking NHS Staff to accept further detriment to their terms and conditions against a backdrop of pay freezes, changes to pension arrangements, redundancies and outsourcing.

3. The South West Pay Cartel, a consortium of 19 NHS trusts are still considering plans to introduce local and regional pay and have not given any real indication that they will ditch their current plans.

 4. NHS National Employers have been unable to win guarantees that these proposals will prevent further local NHS breakaways.