Debating the NHS pay offer

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February 19, 2015 by permanentred

Representatives from the London BAOT stewards’ forum yesterday attended the national BAOT/Unison Panel. We met with national officers of BAOT and Unison. Unsurprisingly, the NHS Pay offer was high on the agenda. We know it’s complex and hard to understand. If you have any questions about it please post them here and we’ll do our best to answer them.

You will soon receive ballot papers and be asked to vote on whether to accept the deal or whether to resume and intensify the strike action. Unison isn’t making a clear recommendation one way or the other. We debated whether BAOT should make a different recommendation, because we know the pay deal will bring scant advantages for most of our members and some will be noticeably worse off, particularly those on band 8c and above. At the other end of the spectrum a small number of our associate members will see a significant benefit.

Nobody at the meeting was happy about the deal, but nor did we feel confident there was sufficient enthusiasm in the workplaces for continued strike action. On balance, we felt that we, like Unison, were unable to make a formal recommendation and that we should simply present the facts to members and let members decide.

We would love to hear your questions or opinions on the pay deal, strike action, alternatives to strike action or anything else. Here’s Unison’s explanation of the pay deal. If you have any questions, please ask and we’ll do our best to answer.

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