Published On: Wed, May 28th, 2014 on 12:54 pm

Health union to protest for 1% NHS pay rise in Leeds

Roy Tomlinson Royal College Of Nursing

Roy Tomlinson says staff are "struggling to cope with mounting cost-of-living pressures"

Health unions across the country will be taking part in a ‘Day of Action’ to protest against the Government’s refusal to ‘honour’ a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff.

It will be the first in activities that will voice opposition to the decision taken in March as part of the Government wage award package, not to award NHS staff a 1% cost of living pay rise in 2014-15.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), one of the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world, will be joining other health unions with a protest taking place on 5 June at the Leeds General Infirmary.

Roy Tomlinson, RCN Council member for Yorkshire and the Humber and Chair of the Regional Board, said: “Nurses and health care assistants are struggling to cope with mounting cost-of-living pressures on top of unprecedented demands at work.

“At the same time, NHS staff have had their pay frozen for three years and seen their pay decrease in real terms over the last four. So the Government’s decision not to award even a very modest award of just 1% is an insult to the dedicated nursing staff caring for record numbers of patients.”

The Government plans to save the health service £200m in 2014-15 and £400m in 2015-16.

The Treasury said: “The public sector pay bill makes up over half of departmental resource spending, therefore continued pay restraint remains central to the Government’s deficit reduction strategy.

“Public sector pay restraint has already helped protect thousands of jobs and frontline services.”

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