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TUC Calls For NHS Pay Cartel To Disband


3:55pm 10th December 2012

The TUC in the South West are calling on NHS bosses in Dorset to abandon their pay cartel and reward workers here the same amounts as others across the country.

It comes after the government rejected plans to introduce regional pay.

19 health trusts across the region had set up a cartel but unions have been opposed to the move.

South West TUC Regional Secretary Nigel Costley said: "Unions have been instrumental in putting forward the arguments against regional pay and, as the government has now admitted, these arguments have been won.

"The concept of regional pay is dead - it has been opposed by unions, patients, the public and now the government. The sooner the trusts realise they have lost the battle, the sooner they can concentrate on providing decent care for their patients using nationally agreed pay and conditions for their staff.

"Only when they inform us they have scrapped the idea and disbanded the cartel shall we stop this campaign. It is clear people in the South West don't want to be bottom of a new pay league and it's time the trusts recognised that and did the decent thing."

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