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Radiographers highlight 14% drop in pay at TUC conference

11 September, 2017
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The Society will have a key role in a debate on public sector pay at this year's TUC conference (10-13 September, Brighton Centre).

Erosion of pay is a key issue at this year's Congress, particularly jn the NHS where staff such as radiographers have seen salaries decrease in value by 14 per cent since 2010.

The SoR is responding to a recent report compiled for the Office for Manpower Statistics (OMS) which found that radiographers who work in the NHS have “experienced a big decline in median real gross hourly earnings.”

The report acknowledges that the decline is actual and not only when measured against the growth in prices over the past seven years.

“We will be campaigning at the TUC for an increase for NHS employees that not only matches inflation but goes beyond this to begin making up the real terms cut,” Richard Evans, the Society’s chief executive officer said.

“The OMS conclusions are backed-up by a financial wellbeing survey of our 18,000 members who work in the NHS which shows that the one per cent annual pay cap is causing real hardship for some practitioners,” Mr Evans continued.

“Radiographers applying for help from foodbanks has risen by 50 per cent in the past year.

“If public sector pay restraint continues at least until 2020, as the government has promised, many of our member’s incomes will fall below the national average.”

The SoR is urging members to write to their MP to tell them why the 1% cap on public sector pay should be lifted.

The impact of the pay cap has been felt by members who work in the NHS and have seen their purchasing power decrease by around 14% over the last few years. Although the next pay increase is not due until April 2018, it is essential that pressure is put on MPs of all parties NOW so that the changes can be included in the next budget.

The Society is lobbying the government so that:

  • UK pay rates for members in Northern Ireland catch up with colleagues elsewhere.
  • Pay increases at least in line with inflation, with an additional payment that begins to make up what members have lost during the years of austerity.

To make sure your view is heard, it’s imperative you write to your MP.

There is a TUC rally and lobby of parliament on 17 October. Please attend to show your support.

See the SoR at this year's TUC video.

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