Junior doctors are at forefront of resisting further cuts to pay and conditions in NHS where pay has fallen by 10% in real terms since 2008 says GMB
GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, called on members to support the junior doctor’s dispute on 1st December by attending picket lines in their own time outside hospitals between 8am and 12.30pm with flags and banners. See notes to editors for a list of 98 locations across England where there GMB understands there will be BMA junior doctor pickets on 1st December from 8am to 12.30pm.
Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer, said “It is very disappointing that Jeremy Hunt has not entered into meaningful dialogue with the junior doctors who are now forced to take industrial action with a heavy heart to defend their terms and conditions of employment.
GMB is encouraging members to show support for the junior doctors on the picket lines between 8am and 12.30pm. We want them to attend in their own time with flags and banners and I know that they will back this call.
The junior doctors are now at the forefront of resisting further cuts to pay and conditions in the health service. Since the start of the recession in 2008 the pay of NHS staff has fallen by 10% in real terms. The Chancellor now wants another 5 years of pay restraint.
These cuts in pay have already led to staff shortages in the ambulance service and things will only get worse. That is why we need to get behind the junior doctors in this dispute.”
Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer on 07841 181656 or Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Alan Perry 07974 018410 or GMB Regional Officers: Birmingham & West Midands Pauline Hinks on 07809 617 761, London & East of England Dave Powel 07710 631 349 East Midlands, Les Dobbs on 07966 327 967, North East and Cumbria, Chris Jukes on 07870 176 733, North West, Lisa Ryan 07703 468 968 or Maria Almond 07718 113110, Northern Ireland, Michael Mulholland on 07974 018 413, South East, Nick Day on 07717 510 047, Wales & South West, Paul Gage on 07980 753 117 and Yorkshire, Joan Keane on 07958 156841 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.