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NHS workers plan day of protests

NHS workers across the country are preparing for a day of protests following a row over pay.

Members of Unite are joining together to mark the start of the union's "Cut my pay - No Way!" campaign over the proposed 7.99% three-year pay offer.

Union members are angry that the proposed three-year award, worth 2.75% in year one, 2.54% in year two and 2.5% in the third year, represents a significant pay cut in the current economic climate.

The protests are taking place in hospitals across the country after 94.8% of Unite's health sector workers, including health visitors, ambulance staff and hospital pharmacists, voted against the pay deal.

Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary, said: "Unite members will protest to tell the government, 'Cut my pay - No Way!'. Staff within the NHS are angry and frustrated that they are effectively being told to take a pay cut by accepting this deal.

"Unite is calling on the government to listen to our members, reopen talks on the three-year deal, otherwise we predict that this policy will result in massive industrial unrest within the NHS.”

The union said its next step will be to consider balloting on industrial action.

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