Hospital staff back call for stoppages

HOSPITAL workers voted in favour of more strike action in the latest twist to a row over job losses and pay cuts.

Unison balloted about 2,500 of their members at the Mid-Yorkshire Hospit-als NHS Trust earlier this month.

They claimed 76.4% of those who voted backed further strike action, though the turnout was not revealed.

Dates for possible strike action are on hold for now as Unison want to avert a walk-out by reaching a compromise with trust bosses.

Mid-Yorkshire want to cut the pay of some clerical workers by up to £2,800. Those who refused faced redundancy.

It led to nine days of strikes by those affected from last September.

Any further action would involve staff from across the trust.

Union regional organiser Jim Bell said: “We are seeking talks with the management to reach agreement and avoid a strike.

“Both sides in this dispute have contacted the arbitration service ACAS with a view to negotiating agreements. I will be seeking to open talks as soon as possible to try to resolve our genuine concerns.

“Many members have never taken industrial action before this dispute and feel they have been forced into this by attacks on their pay and conditions.”

Mid-Yorkshire, which posted a £24m deficit for the last financial year, want to save £500,000 a year by re-grading clerical posts.

Human resources director Graham Briggs said: “We are working with Unison and ACAS to find a constructive way forward.”

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