NHS staff on strike

Staff working at three hospitals in West Yorkshire are starting a three-day strike in a row over plans to cut jobs and pay.

NHS clerical workers, including medical secretaries, receptionists and clerks, are walking out.

UNISON Regional Organiser Jim Bell said members had been forced to take the action because the management of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is refusing to negotiate on their threat to jobs and pay.

On top of the threat to axe 70 jobs, our members are also faced with losing up to £2,700 in pay.

This is at a time when the Trust admits it has spent at least £3 million on private sector consultants.

The product of that vast expenditure was a recommendation to cut £600,000 from their annual budget.

That is why the management wants to inflict brutal cuts to jobs and pay.

Our members rightly think there is no need or justification for these cuts, especially when vast sums of public money are going straight into private consultants' pockets.

– Jim Bell, UNISON regional organiser

The strike will affect the day-to-day running of the hospitals, affecting activities like locating relevant files and administering appointments.

There will be pickets at the affected hospitals to by the workers.