Further industrial action suspended: Unite has suspended further industrial action over the imposed three-year NHS pay award but remains committed to the campaign for fair pay.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Labor unions (United Kingdom)
Labor unions (Political activity)
Medical personnel (Political activity)
Medical personnel (Compensation and benefits)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs; 280 Personnel administration Canadian Subject Form: Labour unions; Labour unions
Product: Product Code: 8630000 Labor Unions; 8010000 Medical Personnel NAICS Code: 81393 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations; 62 Health Care and Social Assistance SIC Code: 8631 Labor organizations; 8000 HEALTH SERVICES
Organization: Government Agency: United Kingdom. National Health Service
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 192802904
Full Text: Unite has decided to suspend industrial action over the imposed NHS pay award after a meeting of its Health Sector National Industrial Committee, which was attended by representatives from both Amicus and TGWU sections of the union.

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Unite national officer for health David Fleming stated: 'Given the hardships, job losses and home repossessions affecting thousands of our fellow citizens, the joint committee decided to defer industrial action.

It was the mature and sensible course to take.' He added: 'The committee would like to salute the brave and principled stand that our members have taken over the last nine months and the fashion in which they supported the work-to-rule Day of Action on 3 December.' Unite's intention now is to work on other aspects of the pay strategy, such as collating evidence for future pay claims, looking at recruitment and retention, and broadening the remit of the Pay Review Body, which it believes is 'too narrow' for NHS staff.

Despite having expressed its disappointment after other unions signed up to the three-year pay award, Unite has stated that it is determined to work with other health sector unions throughout the year in pursuit of better pay and conditions for NHS staff.

David Fleming added: 'Members can rest assured that we will be campaigning strongly throughout 2009 to tackle those issues, such as pay, which have not gone away, despite the economic climate.'
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