NHS staff will vote on whether to strike

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MORE than 24,500 NHS workers in the south east will have their chance to vote for strike action over pay as ballot papers drop through people’s letterboxes.

Unison members from south east Hampshire, including nurses, paramedics, therapists, cooks, cleaners, healthcare assistants and admin staff, are being asked to vote ‘yes’ for industrial action.

The ballot is in response to the government’s decision not to award a one-per-cent pay rise to all NHS staff.

Tony Jones, Unison south east regional head of health, said: ‘We all know the NHS relies on the good will of its staff.

‘Voting for strike action is never an easy decision – even more so for NHS workers who spend their lives caring for people.

‘But the government’s refusal to give the vast majority any pay increase this year is a slap in the face.

‘A well-motivated workforce saves lives so we need to cherish and support our NHS staff who work day in day out caring for others.’