Junior doctors in England are to be balloted on industrial action over government plans to introduce a new contract from August 2016.
Critics say the new contract involves pay cuts of up to 30%, with overtime rates scrapped for work between 7am and 10pm on every day except Sunday.
The British Medical Association said the ballot reflected doctors’ anger.
But the government described the current contracts as “outdated” and “unfair”.
Hugh Pym, BBC health editor adds:
The Scottish and Welsh administrations, however, have said they will continue with current arrangements.
A more transparent system and with payment linked to responsibilities is what the employers claim to be seeking.
This would involve higher basic rates of pay than now, which would mean higher pension entitlements.
While NHS employers acknowledge some doctors would lose out, they argue that some would gain.
Dear junior doctors, what you are expected to adopt in terms of ‘payment linked to responsibilities’ is a carbon copy of what (so called) unions involved in negotiating nurses’ pay and conditions have bowed and curtsied to. The NHS management – a pre-privatisation landing party of American-UK (AMUK) corporation forces – in ‘partnership’ with nursing ‘unions’, have conscripted nurses to ‘modernised working practices’; ‘flexible teams of staff’; ‘their aim is to ensure the pay system supports NHS service modernisation’. Weasel words. What is really meant is ‘we will divide staff so as to rule them, before handing them over to the corporate vultures that we prepare the way for’.
Junior doctors will be ‘pay banded’ into different species of doctor, just as nurses; some will win, some will lose; the net result is that all will be divided.
Just as junior doctors (to be followed by senior ones) will share the fate of nurses, so will nurses share the fate of junior doctors. Is any nurse so stupid as to believe that the overtime structure being proposed for junior doctors is not the end-game of nurses’ overtime payments? I repeat: ‘Critics say the new contract involves pay cuts of up to 30%, with overtime rates scrapped for work between 7am and 10pm on every day except Sunday’. Compare this with current terms and conditions for nurses:
The national agreement on nurses’ unsocial hours payments is set out in Section 2(a) (England) in the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.
The provisions set out in this handbook are based on the need to ensure a fair system of pay for NHS employees which supports modernised working practices.
The provisions recognise that modern forms of healthcare rely on flexible teams of staff providing patient care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and applying a wide range of skills.
Nationally, employer and trades union representatives have agreed to work in partnership to maintain an NHS pay system which supports NHS service modernisation and meets the reasonable aspirations of staff.
Trades union and employer representatives at national level actively support, encourage and promote a partnership approach to the development of the pay system. Their aim is to ensure the pay system supports NHS service modernisation and meets the reasonable aspirations of staff. Employers and trades unions are expected to work in partnership to apply the pay system at local level.
Nurses unsocial hours payments:
All time on Saturday (midnight to midnight) and any week day after 8 pm and before 6 am
Pay band 1 Time plus 50%
Pay band 2 Time plus 44%
Pay band 3 Time plus 37%
Pay Band 4-9 Time plus 30%
All time on Sundays and Public Holidays (midnight to midnight)
Pay band 1 Double Time
Pay band 2 Time plus 88%
Pay band 3 Time plus 74%
Pay Band 4-9 Time plus 60%
I repeat again, ‘Critics say the new contract involves pay cuts of up to 30%, with overtime rates scrapped for work between 7am and 10pm on every day except Sunday’.
And when this applies to nurses you will bleat, not too loudly, of course, and your so called unions (read ‘onions’, for the more you peal away their outer layers of deceit, the more you feel like crying), will lead their flexible teams of sheep all the way to the slaughter house of full privatisation of the NHS.
Nurses, unite with junior doctors in their fight for fair pay and conditions!
Reject the tyranny of unions who are nothing more than bowing and curtsying acolytes of AMUK.
lenin nightingale 2015