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NHS staff face sack if they don't agree to pay cut

17th July 2012

NHS managers from 19 health service bodies are collaborating in order to force workers to take salary cuts of up to 5%, it has emerged.

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According to a leaked document, the managers want to bring in extended shifts, cut salaries and stop overtime pay for staff who work on weekends, at night and on bank holidays.

The document, which was leaked to the Sunday Times, said: "Acting in unison... in a way which has not been undertaken previously demonstrates both the seriousness of the situation and the collective resolve to achieve long-term change."

The document sets out a "sliding scale pay cut" for staff and workers who earn more than £21,000 would see a pay cut of 5%.

The paper reported that the 19 chief executives who are behind the idea believe that by collaborating they can fight the "extremely hostile reaction" they expect from NHS workers.

A Department Of Health spokesman said: "NHS providers have long had the power to employ staff on such terms that they consider appropriate, including under the foundation trust laws passed under the previous government. This means employers are free to negotiate any changes to national agreements directly with staff locally or their representatives."

"We would expect NHS employers and trade unions to work together to ensure the national Agenda for Change pay scheme remains fit for purpose." 


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Article Information

Title: NHS staff face sack if they don't agree to pay cut
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22358
Date Added: 17th Jul 2012


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