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Trade union Unite to reveal strike ballot result

The possibility of a massive strike across the public sector could come closer when a leading trade union reveals the results of a strike ballot today.

The Unite union will announce the result of a vote by its 70,000 members who work in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Unite workers could go on strike in July. Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

Unison and the GMB have already held ballots with their members voting in favour of industrial action over the Government's decision to limit pay rises to 1%.

Their members will take part in a one-day strike on July 10th, but the participation of Unite members would add to the challenge to the Government's policy of limiting public sector pay rises.


Hunt: 6,000 nurses 'to lose jobs' if all staff given 1% rise

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told ITV News 6,000 nurses could potentially lose their jobs if all health workers receive the recommended 1% pay rise.

Mr Hunt told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship: "The reality that is if we give hospitals pay bills that they can't meet they'll only have one alternative, and that's to lay off nurses.

"The numbers show that potentially 6,000 nurses would be laid off if we accepted the pay review body's recommendations, and that's not a risk I'm prepared to take for patients."

NHS 1% pay rise: Wages to go down at end of year

The Health Secretary has explained the NHS 1% pay rise awarded to half of staff today is non-consolidated, which means wages will go back down at the end of the year. This is not the case for the rest of the public sector.

Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

Labour: Unfair for NHS staff to be singled out over pay

We support pay restraint, including in the NHS, but it’s unfair for NHS staff to be singled out in this way.

The Pay Review Body has looked carefully at the issue and the Government should not have rejected its advice and gone further than a one per cent cap, which the Chancellor himself announced.

If David Cameron hadn’t wasted £3 billion on a reorganisation nobody wanted, the NHS would have a much better financial outlook than it has today.

His reorganisation resulted in six-figure pay-offs for thousands of senior managers and pay cuts for nurses.

That is the reality of the NHS under David Cameron.

– Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham


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RCN raises possibility of industrial action over pay

Two unions representing health workers have raised the possibility of industrial action over the government's pay award announced today.

600,000 NHS staff will not get the 1% pay rise announced this morning.

The Treasury says those staff have had wage rises due to the pay progression scheme, which recognises new skills or improved performance. It will save the Department of Health £200 million in 2014-15.

Unions say that is a "divisive" measure which shows "compete contempt" for NHS staff.

Both Unite - the country's largest union - and Unison - which represents many health workers - say they plan to consult their members and will ask if they want to consider taking industrial action.

Even the Royal College of Nursing, which does not usually take industrial action, would not rule out doing so.

The RCN told ITV News that the pay award is "incredibly divisive" and nurses will be "very, very angry."

Alexander: Public sector pay deal is a 'fair balance'

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has told ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship the government's pay deal to public sector workers is a "right, fair balance".

It was announced today that public sector workers will receive a one per cent increase to their pay, apart from those who already receive "progresson-in-job" increases due their length of service. These increases are typically worth more than three per cent.

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