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Society and College of Radiographers announces intention to ballot members in NHS pay dispute

29 August 2014

The Society and College of Radiographers, the Trade Union and Professional Body representing Radiographers and others working in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy throughout the UK, today (29 August) announced its intention to ballot over 17000 members working in the NHS as part of the ongoing dispute over pay.

The SCoR described this step as inevitable, following the decision by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, not to invite the independent pay review body for the NHS to make a recommendation on pay for 2015.

Paul Moloney, SCoR Trade Union and Industrial Relations Manager, commented: “This decision means our members working in the NHS will be expected to endure another pay freeze – the fourth in the last five years.

"It is simply unacceptable for this Government to expect loyal, hardworking, skilled professionals such as our members to see their pay frozen again when all the signs are of an improving and growing economy.”

He continued: “Our members are dedicated to their work and to the care of their patients. They work long hours, many often as unpaid overtime, to ensure care of the highest quality. They reluctantly accepted pay freezes and stood by the pay review process during the austerity measures but demand that Government must also stand by this process now that there is a growing economy able deliver a fair pay increase.”

Notes for Editor

1. The SCoR represents 28000 members of which more than 17000 work in the NHS. 2. Over 90% of hospital patients will need to see a radiographer during their time in hospital. 3. Members will be balloted during September and will be asked if they support strike action and action short of strike. 4. The SCoR joins other unions, such as Unite, Unison, GMB, HCSA and the Royal College of Midwives, in balloting members. 5. The result of the ballot will be known in early October. 6. For further information, please contact Paul Moloney on 07850639709 or 02077407254 or by email on PaulM@sor.org.

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