MEMBERS of the GMB union working in NHS Scotland have turned down the Scottish Authorities’s newest improved pay supply.
The brand new settlement would have seen staff obtain a median uplift of seven.5%, however two-thirds (66%) of members turned that down.
The identical supply was accepted by Unite and Unison earlier this week, with the Royal School of Nursing and Royal School of Midwives nonetheless balloting their members.
GMB represents NHS Scotland ambulance staff, in addition to nurses, porters and radiographers.
Final month, a majority of members voted for strike motion within the Ambulance Service, in addition to the Larger Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Forth Valley, Borders and Western Isles well being boards.
With NHS staff in England, Wales and Northern Eire out on strike right this moment – one thing thus far prevented in Scotland – the GMB warned that industrial motion might nonetheless happen north of the Border.
They known as for Health Secretary Humza Yousaf to fulfill with members earlier than Christmas and assist avert strikes.
GMB senior organiser for public service Keir Greenaway mentioned: “The consequence displays our members views and the realities of this supply. It’s nonetheless beneath inflation for the overwhelming majority of workers, who labored by the depths of the pandemic and are struggling within the grip of this cost-of-living disaster, and it doesn’t go far sufficient in itself to confront the understaffing disaster affecting frontline providers both.
“The Scottish Authorities has contrasted its strategy on trade union engagement with that of the UK Authorities, so we at the moment are asking the Cupboard Secretary to apply what he preaches by assembly our members this aspect of Christmas to proceed discussions over their worth and the sustainability of their providers.”
They added that Yousaf should “tackle board the views of all NHS workers and never just a few”, arguing that frontline staff perceive what wants to vary to assist get well struggling NHS providers.
“The very fact stays that GMB members in main providers and well being board areas have sturdy authorized mandates for strikes and an imposition of this supply with out additional dialogue could be significantly detrimental to the commercial relations the Scottish Authorities have been fast to advertise,” Greenway went on.
“If the Cupboard Secretary desires to protect these relations, he should meet our members urgently.”