Union lobbies board over NHS pay
A TRADE union is holding a demonstration outside Weston General Hospital today to protest about proposed changes to health workers pay.
Members of North Somerset Unison, which represents health care workers at the hospital, will be lobbying the board meeting of Weston Area Health Trust to demonstrate their opposition to the introduction of a regional pay scale for staff.
Weston Hospital is part of a consortium of 20 South West NHS Trusts which have joined together to look at ways of reducing staff pay by up to 15 per cent by moving away from national NHS terms and conditions to regional and local pay rates.
Unison representatives say the move would have a devastating effect on the local economy and patient care across the district.
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They claim the changes would see staff moving out of the area to work in other parts of the country where the pay is better.
Across North Somerset there are 20,000 public sector workers, 2,000 of which work for Weston Area Health Trust.
A spokesperson for the union said: "On a fundamental level to have two people doing exactly the same job, requiring the same levels of qualifications and experience is unfair.
"The South West will find it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain skilled health care workers, resulting in a poorer service for people in North Somerset."