Thursday 23rd April
Union members across health service to refuse to work unpaid overtime from April 30th
April 23rd: Unite National Officer with responsibility for health, Kevin McAdam, today (Thursday 23 April) confirmed that his union had agreed a programme of strike action in pursuit of an outstanding pay claim for 2014-15, the lack of an offer for the current year and proposed health service closures.
“Healthcare workers are outraged at the failure of the DHSSPS to respond to the need for a fair and equitable pay rise. The 2014/2015 imposition of a non-consolidated pay rise has alarmed staff. Furthermore, the absence of any offer for 2015/2016 has caused anxiety for already under-pressure staff. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have received an offer of a pay rise.
“Unite ambulance service members will join Translink workers on 6 May for a twenty-four hour stoppage from midnight. Other Unite workers across the service will commence a refusal to work unpaid overtime from April 30 to May 10.
“This action is the next stage in our long running pay campaign. We are now joining other health unions in a strategy of varied actions designed to maximise disruption to the management of services while minimising impact on clients.
“This fight is about protecting jobs and services and we will do what it takes to get the Stormont Mandarins to start treating the staff in health with respect and dignity. Our members are the lynch-pin of the National Health Service and are being treated abysmally when it comes to pay. The other three nations have already reached settlements”, Mr McAdam concluded.