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Physiotherapists reject NHS pay offer

CSP press release published on 3 June 2008

Over 98 per cent of CSP members vote to reject the Government's proposed pay deal

Members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) working within the NHS have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Government’s proposed 3-year pay package.

The CSP, which represents over 25,000 NHS physiotherapists, assistants and technical instructors, undertook a consultative ballot for the first time in 12 years to gauge the reaction of members to the 3-year offer. Over 98 per cent voted to reject the package.

Peter Finch, assistant director of employment relations and union services at the CSP said, "Our members have given a very clear message to the Government and NHS Employers that the 3-year deal is not good enough. At a time of increased economic uncertainty, and with inflation rising, a multi-year offer which represents a real terms pay cut year on year is not acceptable."

He added, "Our national committee will consider our members’ decision at its next meeting on 11 June and discuss the outcome of our consultative ballot with other trade unions. We will be seeking urgent talks with both the Government and NHS Employers in an effort to reach agreement on a satisfactory pay offer for NHS staff."

The CSP joins other NHS trade unions including RCM, UNITE and the GMB, who have already rejected the 3-year pay deal.

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. For more information, please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6628/6616/6163. Out of hours call Becky Darke on 07900 160349.

 

2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 49,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. For previous releases visit www.csp.org.uk

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