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Taking action against cuts and regional pay

4 December 2012 - 5:28pm

CSP members took to the streets on Saturday to protest against regional pay and job cuts.

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Physiotherapy staff came to Bristol from South Devon, Taunton, Gloucester and Bath

More than 2,500 people attended a demonstration in Bristol against moves to introduce regional pay in the NHS in south west England.
 
CSP senior negotiating officer Andy Ballard spoke at the rally and warned employers who had joined the South West Pay, Term and Conditions Consortium that they risked:
 
  • losing staff to areas that continued to pay nationally agreed rates 
  • increasing difficulties in recruiting clinical specialists
  • damaging local economies
  • losing staff goodwill. 
‘All of this would have a detrimental impact on patient services,’ said Mr Ballard.
 
He called on the cartel employers to ‘drop their misguided plans and endorse national pay and conditions’.
 
In north west England, staff and patients protested against cuts that threaten services and hundreds of jobs at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
 
The trust has indicated to unions that it is preparing to impose redundancies and other changes in a bid to tackle a £1.5m a month deficit.
 
A total of 500 (whole time equivalent) jobs are at risk, among which 93 therapy and biomedical science posts are in jeopardy. No details on the specific impact on the 167 CSP members is available.
 
The trust is also seeking to make savings by not recruiting to vacant posts, downbanding vacant posts and reducing the use of agency and bank staff.
 
Unions, including the CSP, have refused to engage in the consultation process, announced by the trust mid-November, until they receive written assurances confirming pledges that patient care will not be affected.
 
More financial information should also be made available and an equality impact assessment conducted to show how proposals will affect disadvantaged and minority groups, unions say.
 
CSP steward and joint chair of staff side Jane Leicester said: ‘With the scale of job losses being proposed, staff rightly require more transparency on how the trust got into its financial problems and the budgets going forward.
 
'We also need to be convinced how patient care will be protected.
 
‘The trust needs to work in partnership with the CSP and other trade unions in the interests of staff and the communities who depend on us for their health and well-being.’
 

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