Northern Ireland healthcare workers protest for parity with UK pay

Unite protest at steps of Stormont supported by all healthcare unions

November 4th: Northern Ireland healthcare workers protest for parity with UK pay

Unite protest at steps of Stormont supported by all healthcare unions

Unite Regional Officer, Kevin McAdam, called on the NI Executive to ensure adequate funding for the NHS to deliver fair pay to its hard-pressed workforce:

“Unite’s protest at the steps of Stormont sought to highlight the fact that NHS professionals in Northern Ireland are now the only ones in the UK still waiting for a one percent increase recommended by the Independent Pay Body for the 2014-15 tax year.

“My union is still waiting for a response from the Health Minister to our members’ pay claim for the 2015-16 year. The failure of the Minister to address the issue of poverty pay has led to a situation where the incomes of Northern Ireland healthcare workers have declined by 15 per cent, in real terms, since 2010.

“Healthcare professionals are walking away from the NHS in their droves because they can no longer afford to work for the service or the mounting work pressures caused by cutbacks and recruitment freezes.

“The protest was supported by all the other healthcare representative bodies and unions, demonstrating that workers in the NHS stand as one in demanding fair pay from the Minister.

“While we welcome the verbal support we received from politicians from other parties, the need to provide adequate funding to pay for healthcare workers’ pay is a responsibility shared by all Executive parties. We need action now not just words of support.

“Unite healthcare representatives will now consider how best to take forward our campaign for Fair Pay; in particular, we will discuss bringing forward a consultative ballot on industrial action”, Mr McAdam concluded.

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