East Lancashire nurses' anger at wage rise refusal

NURSES have reacted angrily after ministers refused to agree an across the board wage rise in the NHS.

Unions have accused ministers of ‘taking a scalpel’ to pay and plunging morale to new levels, with some warning of industrial action in the coming months.

The recommended increase of one per cent will be given to some staff from April, but an estimated 600,000 health workers in England will only receive their normal incremental pay rise.

The same approach will be taken next year, leading unions to warn that NHS workers faced another two years of below-inflation pay increases.

Steve Flanagan, the Royal College of Nursing’s regional director, who represents staff at East Lancashire’s main hospitals and mental health service, said the decision ignores the recommendation of an independent pay review body for NHS staff.

He said: “Nurses across the North West will be angry at this announcement. NHS staff in the region are being told to be grateful, while their contractually-agreed terms of employment are torn up.

“North West nurses accepted in 2010 that the NHS needed to make efficiency savings. Four years on, having kept the NHS afloat through one reorganisation after another and despite the economic situation improving, they are still being asked to bear the burden of financial mismanagement which they weren’t responsible for.

“In Scotland both the current and previous governments provided this small pay increase, showing they value patient care.”

Unite said it will consult its 100,000 NHS members about the possibility of industrial action, while Unison and the GMB refused to rule out similar moves.

But health secretary Jeremy Hunt said implementing the pay body's recommendations in England would be ‘unaffordable and would risk the quality of patient care’. He said about 6,000 nursing jobs would have had to be cut if everyone in the NHS had got the one per cent rise.

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5:18pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Timefor says...

Yet another attack on living standards as Kevin Maguire recently said, demonstrating "this government's hatred of public services. Utterly nauseating to hear multi-millionaire Minister Jeremy Hunt attack even meagre pay rises for NHS staff".

No doubt if staff do decide on industrial action the politicians and press will vilify them and their representatives. I see no option to ordinary folk taking things into their own hands and standing up for themselves by all democratic means. Maybe a good place to start making a stand will be by attending the inaugural meeting of The East Lancs Peoples Assembly due to be held on Thursday the 20th of March at 7pm in The Red Triangle café, Burnley. I'm quite hopeful that this group will be much more than a campaign group and will indeed give us ordinary folk some hope for the future.
Yet another attack on living standards as Kevin Maguire recently said, demonstrating "this government's hatred of public services. Utterly nauseating to hear multi-millionaire Minister Jeremy Hunt attack even meagre pay rises for NHS staff". No doubt if staff do decide on industrial action the politicians and press will vilify them and their representatives. I see no option to ordinary folk taking things into their own hands and standing up for themselves by all democratic means. Maybe a good place to start making a stand will be by attending the inaugural meeting of The East Lancs Peoples Assembly due to be held on Thursday the 20th of March at 7pm in The Red Triangle café, Burnley. I'm quite hopeful that this group will be much more than a campaign group and will indeed give us ordinary folk some hope for the future. Timefor
  • Score: 6

6:14pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Rich Riley says...

If you're not happy in your work or with the conditions then resign and move on. It's simple.
If you're not happy in your work or with the conditions then resign and move on. It's simple. Rich Riley
  • Score: -11

9:04pm Sun 16 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Timefor wrote:
Yet another attack on living standards as Kevin Maguire recently said, demonstrating "this government's hatred of public services. Utterly nauseating to hear multi-millionaire Minister Jeremy Hunt attack even meagre pay rises for NHS staff".

No doubt if staff do decide on industrial action the politicians and press will vilify them and their representatives. I see no option to ordinary folk taking things into their own hands and standing up for themselves by all democratic means. Maybe a good place to start making a stand will be by attending the inaugural meeting of The East Lancs Peoples Assembly due to be held on Thursday the 20th of March at 7pm in The Red Triangle café, Burnley. I'm quite hopeful that this group will be much more than a campaign group and will indeed give us ordinary folk some hope for the future.
Never mind, you can't always get everything you want handed to you on a plate.
[quote][p][bold]Timefor[/bold] wrote: Yet another attack on living standards as Kevin Maguire recently said, demonstrating "this government's hatred of public services. Utterly nauseating to hear multi-millionaire Minister Jeremy Hunt attack even meagre pay rises for NHS staff". No doubt if staff do decide on industrial action the politicians and press will vilify them and their representatives. I see no option to ordinary folk taking things into their own hands and standing up for themselves by all democratic means. Maybe a good place to start making a stand will be by attending the inaugural meeting of The East Lancs Peoples Assembly due to be held on Thursday the 20th of March at 7pm in The Red Triangle café, Burnley. I'm quite hopeful that this group will be much more than a campaign group and will indeed give us ordinary folk some hope for the future.[/p][/quote]Never mind, you can't always get everything you want handed to you on a plate. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

4:47am Mon 17 Mar 14

Timefor says...

As predicted usual troll responses start to come in. Bit of a stretch for some, but maybe, just maybe, there's something about pay and the value of different jobs ie some actually contribute positively and some have a negative effect. Measures are available to check these out ie to quantify the social, environmental and economic value that different roles produce – or in some cases undermine.
As predicted usual troll responses start to come in. Bit of a stretch for some, but maybe, just maybe, there's something about pay and the value of different jobs ie some actually contribute positively and some have a negative effect. Measures are available to check these out ie to quantify the social, environmental and economic value that different roles produce – or in some cases undermine. Timefor
  • Score: 1

10:52am Mon 17 Mar 14

mavrick says...

I just hope trolls like rich riley turn up at A&E and find people have taken his advice and left the service. I wonder what he will write then. Pratt
I just hope trolls like rich riley turn up at A&E and find people have taken his advice and left the service. I wonder what he will write then. Pratt mavrick
  • Score: 0

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