Public sector pay disputes 2008

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Nov 26 2008 22:26

What do you mean? What kind of school are you at? As far as I'm aware, all of the schools disputes over. Maybe not sixth form colleges...

Refused, do you think there's any way a one day work to rule could have any effect? In which areas?

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Nov 27 2008 08:20

I personally think it's a desperate attempt to avoid calling a strike. The problem is that many health workers, when faced with a patient will do the extra shit anyway if not doing it will affect the patient's care. For others it will mean inconveniencing themselves later on down the line. And as i've said, some workers do a lot more that they don't get paid for than others. Having discussed with colleagues, the morale seems to be low and has been since way before Unison voted to accept the current pay deal.

Here's the full text from the e-mail:

"All NHS Employers have been advised that Unite NHS members will be taking industrial action short of strike action on Wednesday, 3rd December 2008 consisting of a ban on overtime and work to rule including, non-exhaustively, a ban on non-essential paperwork, email exchanges, attendance at meetings, telephone calls and using personal mobiles, members will also be asked to work to their Agenda for Change pay responsibilities.

We want this day of action to send a strong message to Ministers that our members are very angry at the continuation of below inflation pay awards, in effect, pay cuts, and the undermining of the Pay Review Body. For the majority of members this will be the first time that you have ever participated in industrial action which indicates that your goodwill has now been stretched to breaking point. The action on the day will focus on patient and client care and emergency cover will be maintained."

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Nov 27 2008 10:40

What do you, or other people, think about having a strike? I suppose a majority of the people that voted voted for it. But do you think people could win, with such a small minority membership?

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Nov 27 2008 12:35

NHS executive salaries up 26-32%, after NHS workers forced to accept 1.9%. inflation has been at 4%+, but for basics like foodstuffs, energy bills and housing costs which make up a disproportionate amount of lower-paid workers budgets it's been running at nearer 10%. i suppose tactless bosses are a propaganda gift.

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Dec 1 2008 17:00
Steven. wrote:
What do you, or other people, think about having a strike? I suppose a majority of the people that voted voted for it. But do you think people could win, with such a small minority membership?

I would go on strike, but recognise at this stage it is only a symbolic gesture. The mood around this struggle is low, and I would not expect it to force any renegotiations with UNISON having caved already. Strikes among healthworkers is always a thorny issue. If I recall correctly (I don't remember on which thread) it was lem who raised a point regarding not automatically villifying people who crossed the picket as he did once because he had concerns about the welfare of the patients on his ward. The people in my office would not be in that situation and as far as I can tell would favour a strike, but some people might not for that reason.
It is my experience that many clinical healthworkers are often bullied by management against taking any form of industrial action, which is something that obviously happens in other workplaces as well. Still, I think it's a relevant point.

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Dec 1 2008 19:18

I think there's an extra layer of moral pressure with any 'caring' profession.

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Dec 17 2008 21:14

Looks like the buses are reballoting for strike action over pay..
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=16626

Socialist Worker wrote:
Three crucial ballots will take place on the London buses in the next week. The outcome of these votes could decide the future of the Unite union’s campaign to win equal and higher pay and better conditions across all the bus companies in London.

At Metroline and Arriva North – two of London’s biggest bus companies – workers are set to vote over new pay offers. At Sovereign, part of the Transdev group, workers are to start a ballot over strike action.

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Jan 1 2009 19:30

An article by Steve Ryan from Wrexham PCS about the calling-off of the 10th November strike and the subsequent collapse of Serwotka's "dispute"...

http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/civil-service-pay-dispute-defeat-or-victory/

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Jan 26 2009 20:12

Thanks for that article.

The latest Unite newsletter has no mention of an NHS healthworker strike or indeed any kind of industrial action.