British Association of Occupational Therapists condemns South West Pay Consortium
A consortium of 20 NHS Trusts in the South West of England is proposing to cut staff’s pay and conditions. The plans threaten to undermine national negotiations on pay and conditions for occupational therapists and other health workers in the NHS.
The Trusts are collaborating on radical changes to pay and conditions and the creation of a regional pay system. Plans published by these employers envisage changes which could cut pay, terms and conditions for occupational therapists, nurses, and other healthcare staff by up to 15%.
UNISON, representing members of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), has been leading national negotiations covering pay and conditions for health workers across the UK. Earlier in the month, UNISON briefed MPs in the House of Commons about the damaging plans to form a regional pay consortium, calling on MPs from the South West of England to oppose the plans.
UNISON is asking its members to sign an e-petition as part of its campaign against the Pay Consortium. Sign the petition here.
Julia Scott, Chief Executive of BAOT said: “These plans damage the morale of NHS staff at a time when they are already facing a pay freeze. Occupational therapists and health workers in the NHS are hard-working, committed and entitled to a level playing field. I urge members to sign the e-petition to stop these plans and support our colleagues in the South West.”
Do you work in the South West and are affected by these plans?
Please contact your BAOT/UNISON steward or telephone UNISON Direct on 0845 355 0845. Lines are open 6am-midnight Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Saturdays and calls are at a local rate.