'We don't want postcode pay'
HEALTH staff in the Bristol area have been campaigning against proposals for "postcode pay".
Members of trade union Unison have been calling for health trusts in the area to leave the South West NHS Pay Consortium, which they see as a pay cartel. The three Bristol hospital trusts are among the 20 in the group.
Unison claims the organisation is a "cartel" designed to force down staff pay and conditions and will also harm patient care.
Members lobbied the board meeting at Weston Area Health Trust before taking their campaign to members of the public on the town's streets.
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And tomorrow the union is sponsoring an open meeting of all NHS healthcare workers at BAWA Club, Filton, at 7pm.
Dayley Lawrence, a domestic supervisor for North Bristol NHS Trust and Unison branch secretary, said: "Hard working staff are already struggling to make ends meet. This Pay Cartel is not in the best interests of staff or patients.
"I am encouraging everyone who works in the NHS in the local area to attend the meeting on Thursday."
The local health trusts have said the consortium is in its early days and has not made recommendations.