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NHS employers receive notice that Society of Radiographers is balloting members for industrial action

08 September 2014

The Society of Radiographers is to notify NHS trusts and employers across the UK that it will be balloting its more than 17,000 members who work in the public sector as part of the ongoing pay dispute with the government.

The notices to employers will be issued today (Monday, 8 September) and Society members, who carry out diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy procedures, will be sent their voting papers a week later.

The SoR says the ballot to ask members whether they will support strike action or action short of a strike was “inevitable” following the decision by Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, not to invite the independent review body for the NHS to make a pay recommendation for 2015.

“Our members will endure a continuing pay freeze, the fourth in the past five years and that is unacceptable,” said Paul Moloney, the Society's trade union and industrial relations manager.

“Radiographers, in common with many other healthcare professionals, have simply had enough of their goodwill and loyalty being taken advantage of,” he continued.

“We all accepted the need to support the restraints placed on public services because of the recession but now that the economy is improving and growing, it is time for pay to at least keep place with inflation. We have members who, in real terms, have lost thousands of pounds in pay.

“Our members are dedicated to their work and to the care of their patients. They frequently work unpaid overtime to ensure that patient care is of the highest quality.”

The Society will know the result of the ballot by 6 October and the organisation’s UK Council will make a decision about what action will be taken during the following week.

Notes for Editor

NOTES TO EDITOR 1. The SCoR represents 28,000 people who work in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer. More than 17,000 radiographers work in the NHS. 2. Nine out of 10 patients see a radiographer during their time in hospital. 3. The SCoR joins other unions such as Unite, Unison, GMB, HCSA and the Royal College of Midwives in balloting members. 4. The result of the ballot will be known in early October. 5. For further information please contact Warren Town on 020 7740 7254 or by email on warrent@sor.org. Or contact Dominic Deeson on 0795 784 5238 / 01227 469060

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