GMB NHS demo in Brighton on Friday over real terms pay cut for staff

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GMB to hold lunch time demo on Friday 3rd August outside Brighton's Royal Sussex Hospital in support of NHS staff facing a real terms pay cut after complex NHS pay proposal is imposed.

  • Staff are underwhelmed and angry from a pay deal implementation different to what had been promised by the government, says GMB Southern

    GMB, the union for all NHS frontline staff, ambulance professionals and support workers, is holding a lunch time #itsanofromus demo.

    Details of the demo are as follows:

    Friday 3 August 

    12.30pm until 2pm

    Outside Brighton’s Royal Sussex Hospital
    Eastern Rd
    BN2 5BE

    All NHS staff at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust or other NHS employers are invited to join the GMB Union members at a demo in support of all NHS workers who believe the government’s pay proposal has either not yet fully materialised and might not do so for months, or ever.

    GMB are currently running a consultative ballot to ask members, in light of the 87% pay rejection, to vote in regard to what action industrially they might choose to take to further promote a fairer pay claim within the NHS.

    Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Organiser said:

    "NHS staff are underwhelmed and angry from a pay deal implementation different to what had been promised by the government. It is now intensifying the poor morale feeling over what was a pitiful deal for GMB members and NHS staff in the first place.

    "GMB have said all along that the devil was in the detail. The Tory government has from the start made this the most convoluted and headline grabbing deal it could purposely use to trick people into voting for it.

    "The deal is now unravelling throughout NHS Hospitals and Ambulance Service. Not only will many NHS staff find themselves worse off at the end of the three-year period, with the forecasted RPI index outstripping their basic pay rise, but they are now equally facing potential short term pay rise percentages detriments and lengthy waits for promised increases as new details emerge on what they are really to receive and when.

    "GMB’s #itsanofromus demo is about saying if you feel cheated, lied to, undervalued, or just plain angry, come along on Friday talk to tell the GMB about it. Let your protest be known along with many others and begin to organise and work with us to force a possible new pay review, which might see hard working, over stretched NHS professionals and support workers, get a real fair pay deal for once."


    Contact: Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552 165 950 or Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860 787 973 or GMB Southern Press Office 07970 114 762