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Health workers in pay deal protest

Health workers are to protest against a below inflation three-year pay deal worth around 8% by holding a day of action across the UK.

Nonessential paperwork, email exchanges, attendance at meetings and telephone calls affecting hospitals and health centres will all be halted, the Unite union said.

Unite's health sector members had previously voted to take industrial action over pay, including striking.

The union said NHS workers have faced years of below-inflation wage rises and called on the government to re-open negotiations over their pay.

Officials argued that giving health workers a decent rise would also boost consumer spending.

National officer, David Fleming, said members are struggling to keep up with the cost of living.

"If the government can find billions of pounds to rescue irresponsible banks, then it can find money to give hardworking NHS staff a fair rise."

He added that ministers should hear that members are very angry at the continued below-inflation pay awards, which he said were in effect, pay cuts.

Unite represents around 70,000 staff out of 1.1 million who are covered by the three-year pay deal.

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