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Health workers reject pay offer

Thousands of health workers have voted against a three-year pay offer from the government, it has been announced.

The GMB, which represents 25,000 NHS staff in England and Wales, said more than 96% of its members voted against the deal, worth just under 8% over three years.

In a separate ballot, 97% of ambulance workers also rejected the offer.

The union says it will now seek a meeting with Health Secretary Alan Johnson.

Members of the GMB are the latest group of health workers to vote against the deal with the Royal College of Midwives announcing 99.7% of it members rejected it earlier this week.

GMB National officer Sharon Holder said: "The ballot result is a resounding no.

"This result vindicates the position of the GMB negotiators who knew instinctively that GMB members would not tolerate this unacceptable, long-term pay offer.

"The Department of Health must be instructed to put a one-year deal on the table that GMB members can accept."

GMB member Bev Carlick, who works as a blood collection assistant, said: "It is time the government listened to the views of NHS staff, especially the low paid."

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What do you think of the three-year pay deal? Should more health workers reject the offer? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"As nurses we have always apparently had very low priority, from every goverment in terms of pay - nothing has changed. There is not a single healthcare service which is not dependent on nurses. Doctors and managers come and go but nursing expertise carries every service. When are we going to be regarded as professionals and paid as such. I have a job that I  am very satisfied with and am paid to the limit of my scale but  still feel abused when I realise that a local cleaning lady gets paid as much as I do." - Sue Ward, Redditch, Worcestershire

"Yes. Inflation at around 3% and likely to rise so it will mean a pay cut in real terms by the end of three years." - L Andrews, Hexham