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​​​​​​​GMB to ballot all Ambulance Service and NHS members across southern England for strike action over pay

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A total of 55 NHS Trusts across South East, South London, Dorset and Wiltshire face GMB member’s strike ballot after rejecting pay cut 

GMB is to ballot all members in 55 NHS trust across the south of England after workers overwhelming rejected a ‘miserable’ pay cut [1]. 

The industrial action ballot will open on November 10 and close December 15. 

Any strikes would take place in the new year. 

More than 9 out of 10 GMB members in the NHS have rejected the Government’s pay offer of 3%. 

GMB has been campaigning for a restorative increase of 15%, or £2 per hour - whichever is highest - to replace what has been lost from NHS pay packets over the last decade. 

GMB was the only union to reject the last NHS pay deal in 2018. 

Nick Day, Lead NHS Officer for Southern Region said: 

“When 94% of our members rejected this miserable pay award, GMB was crystal clear with Savid Javid; the Government needs to get around the table and improve this offer. 

“The wall of silence we’ve received has left us no choice.  GMB members will be asked to take formal industrial action and to give us a mandate by mid-December.   

“We cannot be in a situation where those who dealt with the front end of the Covid-19 pandemic end up with less in their pockets after National Insurance increases, increased pension costs and the huge increases in energy bills and the cost of getting to work.   

“Enough is enough, we will never solve the staffing shortages if the government doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee.   

“You cannot treat NHS and ambulance workers like this and expect no response.  

“We are therefore asking GMB members to support this strike action so that we can get their pay up not down.”  

Notes to Editors:

[1] The offer is a real terms pay cut when considering inflation, increases in national insurance and pension contributions and energy and petrol price rises. 

The 55 NHS and Ambulance Trusts to be balloted are as follows: 

ASHFORD AND ST PETERS HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

AVON AND WILTSHIRE MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST 

BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST 

BERKSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

CENTRAL AND NORTH WEST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

CENTRAL LONDON COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 

CROYDON HEALTH SERVICES NHS TRUST 

DARTFORD AND GRAVESHAM NHS TRUST 

DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

DORSET HEALTHCARE UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

EAST KENT HOSPITALS UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

EAST SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 

EPSOM AND ST HELIER UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 

FRIMLEY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

GREAT WESTERN HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

GUY'S AND ST THOMAS' NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

HAMPSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

HOUNSLOW AND RICHMOND COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 

ISLE OF WIGHT NHS TRUST 

KENT AND MEDWAY NHS AND SOCIAL CARE PARTNERSHIP TRUST 

KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

KINGSTON HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH NHS TRUST 

LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST 

MAIDSTONE AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS NHS TRUST 

MEDWAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

MOORFIELDS EYE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

NHS BLOOD & TRANSPLANT 

NHS ENGLAND AND IMPROVEMENT  

NHS SOUTH CENTRAL AND WEST COMMISSIONING SUPPORT UNIT 

NHS WEST SUSSEX 

NORTH EAST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST  

OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

PORTSMOUTH HOSPITALS UNIVERSITIES NHS TRUST 

QUEEN VICTORIA HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

ROYAL BERKSHIRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

ROYAL SURREY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SALISBURY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SOLENT NHS TRUST 

SOUTH CENTRAL AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SOUTH EAST COAST AMBULANCE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SOUTH LONDON AND MAUDSLEY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SOUTH WEST LONDON AND ST GEORGE'S MENTAL HEALTH NHS TRUST 

SOUTH WESTERN AMBULANCE SERVICES NHS FOUNDATION TRUST  

SOUTHERN HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

ST GEORGE'S UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SURREY AND BORDERS PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST 

SURREY AND SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 

SUSSEX COMMUNITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

THE ROYAL MARSDEN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS DORSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SOUTHAMPTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SUSSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST