Across the south east, branches are reminding members to vote in the ongoing NHS pay consultation.
At the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, organisers have been leafleting morning shift changes, giving out around 500 leaflets to staff between 7.30 and 9am. These flyers also advertised a drop in session, so that members who weren’t able to access online balloting could visit the Portsmouth Health branch office and use the PCs there.
UNISON Regional organiser James Smith said:
“Online balloting is a great way to talk to our members – but we need to remember that not everyone is sat at a desk all day or computer literate. It’s crucial we get the views of as many members as possible – even though UNISON are recommending the offer is accepted, we need to know how our members feel, and sometimes that means going the extra step. We’re a democratic union and it’s important we reflect our member’s views.”
UNISON is recommending that members visit nhspay.org to find out more about the impact of the proposals on them individually – and vote to accept the offer. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said:
“If the pay offer is accepted, every NHS worker’s wages will go further, and the lowest paid would get a significant income boost. Meanwhile, starting salaries for nurses, midwives and other health professionals would also become more attractive to people considering a career in the NHS. That’s something which benefits all of us.”
UNISON members working in the NHS should vote online before 5pm on 5 June. If you are unable to vote online, please contact your branch directly.