SoR writes to health secretary seeking talks to avoid potential industrial action

The 2023-24 pay award for England is being implemented but industrial action still an option

Published: 03 May 2023 Trade Union & IR

The SoR has written to the Secretary of State in England, Stephen Barclay, asking to meet for urgent talks about pay and reward.

The move follows members overwhelmingly rejecting the proposed offer, with 80% indicating a willingness to take strike action.

A majority of unions, including most of those who had taken strike action in the Winter, had recommended the offer. This resulted in a majority of votes on the English Staff Council being in favour of the offer and the Secretary of State agreeing to implement payment from June at a meeting on 2 May.

The letter calls for recognition of the workforce crisis gripping radiography and talks to address the reasons for this, including a pattern of below-inflation pay awards since 2008.

The SoR hopes that the Secretary of State will take our request seriously. We hope industrial action can be avoided but will continue to press on with our ballot for industrial action if our concerns attract no positive response.

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