SoR members who work for the NHS in Scotland have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Scottish government’s pay offer of 5%.
Over 55% of members responded to the survey, with 94% voting to reject the offer and 80% voting in support of industrial action, up to and including strike action.
At a meeting which was convened on the evening of the 12th August to consider the survey results, members of the Scottish Representatives’ Forum and SoR’s Scottish Council were unanimous in their condemnation of an offer that would, in reality, represent a pay cut.
SoR President, Ross McGhee, said “In the negotiation of pay uplifts, industrial action is always a last resort - but SoR members have made a firm statement in their commitment to moving towards taking action.
"For a number of years, the buying power of our take home pay has been eroded and following the efforts of radiographers in the most unprecedented and trying times for healthcare, it is imperative that we are properly remunerated and steps begin to be taken to bridge the gap between rising prices and pay.
"We have listened to your voices and feel your disappointment and anger in the offer. It is with this in mind that we move towards formal balloting for industrial action in Scotland.
"The strength of our union is in the voices of our members and together we can amplify each other’s voices for the betterment of all. United we are stronger. Solidarity.”
SoR is now taking the action necessary to progress to an industrial action ballot.
The SoR will contact members with further information regarding a formal ballot before the end of this week
In the meantime, we urge members to check their online membership account to ensure that we hold accurate details for you.
To send a ballot to you, we need up-to-date details – in particular:
If you have difficulty accessing your online membership please contact your local Rep OR your National Officer, Yvonne Stewart ([email protected])