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Threat Of Regional Pay Lifted From Dorset County Hospital Staff

Dorset County Hospital Unison Demo

1:54pm 14th March 2013

Workers at Dorset County Hospital have had the threat of regional pay taken away from them.

Unison has welcomed the end of hospital's involvement in the South West Pay Consortium.

Dorset County has issued a statement saying it supports nationally negotiated terms and conditions for staff.

Joanne Kaye, UNISON Regional Secretary, said:

"This is great news for our members and shows the success of UNISON's ongoing campaign against regional and postcode pay.

"These are exceptionally difficult times, but with the threat of regional pay no longer hanging over members' heads, UNISON looks forward to working with the Trust to face up to the challenges they are facing as a result of the Coalition Government's Austerity policies.

"We applaud this move by Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, which follows hard on the heels of a similar announcement by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, and call on the other seventeen Trusts still in the Pay Consortium to follow their lead."

Helen Eccles, UNISON Regional Organiser, said:

"Locally, members are delighted that the shadow of local pay has been lifted so they can get on with doing their jobs looking after patients.

This just shows the importance of the hard-won national negotiations to ensure the future Agenda for Change (the national terms and conditions for health staff negotiated between the Trade Unions and the NHS national employers)."

Jon Dunn, UNISON Area Organiser, said:

"UNISON Members told us that the Trust's membership of the Pay Consortium meant staff felt betrayed and devalued.  UNISON has campaigned hard on this issue.  Today's decision has boosted staff morale with our members feeling the Trust has recognised their exceptional commitment to patients, and clearly shows that the Trust recognises the value of national pay and conditions for NHS staff."

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