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NHS staff on strike

NHS staff in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract are on strike over plans to cut jobs and pay.

Last month a ballot of 537 UNISON members announced support for taking industrial action. Despite talks with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust plans to cut 70 clerical jobs and cut the pay of 275 other staff will go ahead.

They are even threatening to use security staff to stop our members using the toilets.

This is not only childish, it could put pregnant women or people with medical conditions at risk.

It is a petty and provocative act by a naïve management who do not seem capable of treating their own staff decently and professionally.

The workers at risk, such as medical secretaries, have suffered a two year pay freeze and now face redundancy or a £2,000 pay cut.

– UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell

He added:

After we have taken the strike action on Thursday we will discuss with members how they want to escalate the action.

That will be a matter for discussion and agreement but I feel sure this strike will only be the start of what we are prepared to do to protect members' jobs and pay.

– UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell

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