Strike call at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust

Pinderfields Hospital general view
Pinderfields Hospital general view

HOSPITAL workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ballot for strike action over redundancies and pay cuts.

Medical secretaries are among up to 40 staff facing the axe at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pinderfields Hospital, under a review of administrative and clerical roles to save cash.

The trust also plans to downgrade salaries, leading to pay cuts of up to £2,800, public sector union Unison said.

In a consultative ballot of Unison members, 95 per cent voted in favour of strike action and 98 per cent voted for industrial action short of a strike.

Unison said a formal ballot for industrial action would be held immediately unless the trust, which is facing a £26m deficit at the end of the year, backs down.

Unison’s Adrian O’Malley said: “The overwhelming vote for action shows the strength of feeling about these attacks on a predominantly low-paid female workforce.”

Mid Yorkshire said no formal decisions had been made about pay bandings and affected staff were being consulted.

Graham Briggs, the trust’s director of HR, said: “We are actively encouraging staff side to continue to engage with us to ensure that redundancies are a last resort.

“However to make the necessary savings, we do need to reduce our workforce costs and regretfully we cannot rule out having to make redundancies.”