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NHS workers in Wales vote to take strike action

NHS workers in Wales have "voted overwhelmingly" to take strike action in protest over a pay offer by the Welsh Government.

Welsh NHS workers look set to take strike action later this year. Credit: PA

Unison says its members, which include nurses, occupational therapists, porters, paramedics, medical secretaries, cooks and healthcare assistants, voted 77% in favour of taking action.

The union says its members have been offered a one-off extra payment of £160 which would not count towards pension entitlements or shift pay and will not occur in future years. It says the Welsh Government has ignored NHS Pay Review recommendations for a 1% pay rise.

Our members working in the Welsh NHS have sent a clear message that they are worth more than a miserly £160. Health workers have seen their pay drop by as much as 10% since 2010, and yet these same workers subsidise the Government every week by working thousands of hours of unpaid overtime. NHS workers in Wales have spoken loud and clear and it is time for the Welsh Government to come to the table and negotiate a fair pay deal for our members.

– Margaret Thomas, Unison Wales

Unison says it will discuss what action it will take in Wales later this week. The vote follows industrial action taken in England by NHS workers on Monday 13th October.

Referees chief will contact Garry Monk this week

Referees chief Mike Riley will contact Swansea manager Garry Monk this week, although a letter and DVD from the Welsh club only arrived on his desk earlier on Monday.

Monk was vitriolic in his criticism of Riley after the defeat at Stoke on Sunday, claiming the head of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) has been "very poor" in not responding to a list of what he felt were bad refereeing decisions he had sent him.

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The Swansea manager was speaking after blasting match official Michael Oliver for a "disgusting" decision in awarding a penalty for a foul on Stoke's Victor Moses, which he claimed was a blatant dive.

Football Association disciplinary officials are understood to be studying Monk's comments about the referee to see if the Swansea manager should face any action, the Press Association reports.

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