Strike by NHS workers cancelled

A previous NHS strike outside QA Hospital in Cosham
A previous NHS strike outside QA Hospital in Cosham

South Central Ambulance Service holding forum event

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A STRIKE over NHS workers’ pay has been called off.

Unison and the GMB have suspended a planned strike for its NHS members on Thursday, while Unite said it is still looking at its options.

It follows several meetings with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to resolve disputes over pay.

Unison said it will consult its members over a proposal put forward by the Department of Health.

As reported, workers were planning to stage their third – and biggest – walk-out to date over the government’s decision not to award a recommended one per cent pay rise.

They were due to walk out from 9am to 9pm, with ambulance staff walking out from midday to noon.

Unison was also planning a four-week work to rule, followed by a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, February 25.

The Royal College of Midwives has also confirmed it will suspend strike action planned for this Thursday.

Rehana Azam, GMB national officer, said ‘GMB is pleased that after a week of talks we have secured a new offer. This enables us to suspend the strike action while we consult with our members on whether they wish to accept the offer or not.’