23 / 12 / 2014 11.50am
NHS trade unions have announced plans to escalate their campaign of industrial action during January and February 2015 as part of the national pay dispute.
UNISON, Unite and GMB will be calling on their NHS members in England to take strike action on Thursday 29 January for twelve hours between 9am-9pm. This will be followed by a period of working to rule until 24 February. A further strike on Wednesday 25 February (24 hours) is also planned.
In addition to this the GMB union has said that it is considering a 2 day strike in the ambulance service on 29 and 30 January.
The Royal College of Midwives and the Society of Radiographers have also announced plans for strike action on 29 January and 25 February but for shorter periods of time. The other unions in the dispute are expected to outline their plans for further action in the coming weeks.
Responding to this Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“Discussions continue with trade unions regarding pay, though agreement has we acknowledge been difficult to reach. Employers continue to be clear that they cannot afford further increases in pay at this time.
“This is one of the busiest periods for the NHS. We hope that trade union members will maintain their previous constructive approach, so that the most urgent patients continue to receive the care and treatment they need."
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