Union hospital action fails to take place
A TRADE union plan to lobby a county health trust over its decision to join a pay consortium did not materialise yesterday.
Unison members were expected to gather outside the offices of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Cheltenham to hand over a petition before its 9am board meeting.
A crowd did not appear and no petition was handed over.
Yesterday, Unison said this was due to the meeting being held at a time when most members were at work, prior commitments and leave.
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Reduced annual leave, increased hours and a cut in overtime and sick pay are all being considered by 20 trusts signed up to the South West Pay terms and Conditions Consortium.
Each trust has paid in £10,000 of public money to pay for consultants to look into plans to set up a regional pay structure.
This plan would take affected south west healthcare staff out of the nationally negotiated agenda for change terms and conditions.
Savings worth £70 million are needed in Gloucestershire over the next three years.
Trust chief executive Dr Frank Harsent has told the Echo savings had to be made to avoid redundancies.