News Health: UNISON has launched the next stage of its NHS pay campaign, which is urging members to Pledge Yes for the NHS.
UNISON says the award is nowhere near enough to keep pace with rising prices, is nowhere near what’s needed to improve staffing and protect patient care, and will only worsen the current NHS staffing crisis.
The campaign follows the government’s imposition of a £1,400 pay increase on NHS workers in England.
Since the pay announcement on 19 July, the government has refused to negotiate with unions. As a result, UNISON’s health service group executive agreed that the only effective way to challenge the pay award is through a formal industrial action ballot which will open in late October.