Health staff in pay campaign
HEALTH staff in the city have been lobbying hospital directors as part of their campaign against a regional "pay cartel".
Unison members in Bristol protested outside health trust board meetings on Thursday as part of their fight against the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium.
The organisation is made up of 20 NHS trusts across the region, including North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust and Weston Area Health Trust.
Unison has been lobbying all of the hospital trusts' monthly board meetings and yesterday they turned up outside the city centre trust's headquarters and the meeting at Frenchay Hospital.
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Union members fear that moving away from national negotiations about pay and conditions could see NHS staff in the South West being paid less and possibly losing their jobs if they do not agree to proposals put together by the consortium.
Sue Nash, Unison branch secretary for Central Bristol Health Branch, said: "This is really bad news for my members, who are already having to face reorganisation and service changes."
The hospital trusts said that they have not signed up to any changes to pay and conditions yet.