Fair pay too important to give up on says BAOT

Pressure is mounting in the campaign for fair pay in the NHS as further strikes are scheduled for the coming weeks. Members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists will strike in Wales on Monday 10th November and in England on 24th November.

Sara Forster, Chairman of the British Association of Occupational Therapists said:

“NHS staff are the backbone of our national health service and denying thema fair wage could have damaging consequences.   Occupational therapists and their colleagues are working hard to provide the best possible care to people in the UK and securing them fair pay is too important to give up on.   The public have shown great solidarity with NHS staff, now the government must do the same. “
Industrial action in Wales UNISON/BAOT members working in the NHS in Wales will take part in a half day strike on Monday 10 November, between 8.30am and 12pm. This will be followed by four days of action short of strike action between Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 November.

Industrial Action in England

UNISON /BAOT members working in the NHS in England will stage a four-hour stoppage between 7am and 11am on Monday 24 November.  This will be followed by a week of action short of strike action between Tuesday 25 and Sunday 30 November when members will work to rule and not do any unpaid overtime.

Christina McAnea, UNISON head of health and chair of the NHS staff side trade unions, said:

“For many in the NHS, last month’s strike was a first. The next industrial action will be bigger as more unions will be joining it. Jeremy Hunt needs to listen to NHS workers who feel this Government is treating them with contempt.
“NHS workers are overworked and underpaid. Most patients would be shocked to know that one in five of the NHS workers who care for them need to do a second job just to survive and many have to borrow money every month to make ends meet or resort to food banks.”

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