Hospital strike threat looming

HEALTH unions are considering industrial action over plans to cut 500 jobs and down-band 1,685 employees at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Unions have stressed a strike is the “last thing” they want but said they will take action if that is what is needed to save staff and services.

A consultation is currently under way at the hospital over plans to cut 500 positions, including frontline jobs.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust have said they can not rule out compulsory redundancies.

Some staff may also be made to re-apply for their jobs at a lower band on “revised terms and conditions”, which could mean changes in hours and responsibility and could cost them thousands of pounds The consultation will end at the start of March, when staff will find out if they are losing their jobs or if they will be down-banded.

Discussions are ongoing with departments about how the changes will affect them.

The Trust, which needs to save £50 million in the next three years, is more than £12 million in debt and is being monitored by health watchdog Monitor for financial failings.

Staff Side, which represents employees at the Trust, has held meetings with workers and said there has been support amongst staff for strike action.

Union members have not yet been balloted for strike action, but it is not being ruled out.

Harry Hanley, secretary of Staff Side at the Trust, said: “Industrial action is the last thing that we want but if we have got to take industrial action to save our staff and services then that is what we will do.”

Heather Edwards, head of communications at the Trust, said they had not been given any indication of any intention to take industrial action.

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12:40pm Thu 31 Jan 13

exiled says...

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Same old story. It's not the last thing the unions want, it's the first thing they want. Strike if they don't get their way. Toys out of the pram, it's time they grew up and looked at the situation.

Labour squandered the UK's money for 11 years, and that was compounded by poor NHS management. Am only surprised it's taken thislong to sort out.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzz Same old story. It's not the last thing the unions want, it's the first thing they want. Strike if they don't get their way. Toys out of the pram, it's time they grew up and looked at the situation. Labour squandered the UK's money for 11 years, and that was compounded by poor NHS management. Am only surprised it's taken thislong to sort out. exiled

11:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

honkytonk1 says...

Theres no toys at RbH at present. cant afford them. unions are trying best so dont start ranting about summat u dont know.
if youve nothing constructive to say dont say it.
Theres no toys at RbH at present. cant afford them. unions are trying best so dont start ranting about summat u dont know. if youve nothing constructive to say dont say it. honkytonk1

6:59am Sat 2 Feb 13

Greedy Banker says...

Hey ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

If, as you say, Labour squandered the UK's money for 11 years, and that was compounded by poor NHS management. Then you agree that the workforce are right to be aggrieved?

You need to look beyond what the Tory press tells you.

If people are made redundant or their jobs are re banded to a lower grade then that will only increase the pressure on the welfare state. If services are reduced then that will make Bolton a slightly less good place to live.

The real cause for these Austerity measures is our total commitment to a banking sector which is allowed to make colossal mistakes and walk away whilst governments (you and I) pick up the tab!!

Search on the internet to see how bankers are still taking massive risks and still receiving massive bonuses.

Health Workers are, in my experience, people who believe in Public Service and deserve to receive an adequate wage and employment stability
Hey ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ If, as you say, Labour squandered the UK's money for 11 years, and that was compounded by poor NHS management. Then you agree that the workforce are right to be aggrieved? You need to look beyond what the Tory press tells you. If people are made redundant or their jobs are re banded to a lower grade then that will only increase the pressure on the welfare state. If services are reduced then that will make Bolton a slightly less good place to live. The real cause for these Austerity measures is our total commitment to a banking sector which is allowed to make colossal mistakes and walk away whilst governments (you and I) pick up the tab!! Search on the internet to see how bankers are still taking massive risks and still receiving massive bonuses. Health Workers are, in my experience, people who believe in Public Service and deserve to receive an adequate wage and employment stability Greedy Banker

9:08pm Sat 2 Feb 13

steveG says...

Does this mean the hospital wont be cleaned?.
Does this mean the hospital wont be cleaned?. steveG

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