Unite in health suspends action and will ballot members on Department of Health pay offer

Unite Conference 106

Regional Industrial Sector Committee votes to suspend plans for escalated industrial action

Union will recommend acceptance of offer which promises pay parity and further uplift in 2020

Unite Regional Officer for Health Kevin McAdam confirmed his union would be joining Unison and the RCN in suspending plans for strike action after the new Minister for Health provided a commitment to deliver pay parity and bring forward plans to address the staffing crisis in the Health & Social Care sector.

“Our Health Regional Industrial Sector committee met at 1pm today [16th January] to consider the developments in the Health service pay dispute. Following detailed discussion on the papers from the minister and the department in relation to Safe Staffing issues and the offer of pay parity with Agenda for change staff in England, the committee voted unanimously to suspend any further industrial action pending a ballot of all members in Health in Northern Ireland.

“If accepted, this offer will not only address pay owed from April 1st last year but also secure an uplift for the coming year commencing on April 1st this year. Our committee will be recommending acceptance to our members. Details of our ballot on the offer will be advised to workplace representatives as soon as a timescale is established.

“I would like to conclude by extending my thanks and congratulations to all those who played any part in the industrial action that has now produced these results. The result demonstrates the power of workers once they get organised”, Mr McAdam concluded.

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