POA Circulars

115 | 21.10.2014

High Security Psychiatric Hospitals Strike Action Friday 24th October 2014

On the 24th October 2014 the POA membership at Ashworth, Rampton and Broadmoor will be on strike action from 7am until 11am as a result of a trades dispute over pay. 

The NHS Pay Review Body recommended a one per cent consolidated pay rise across the board and the Coalition Government determined not to award it to those staff that received an incremental rise.

The members were balloted at all three sites and 78 per cent in a postal ballot determined strike action and a further 93 per cent determined action short of strike action. After the strike action a work to rule on an open ended mandate will take place for continuous action.

The National Executive Committee are leading on this issue and if necessary will call further action in pursuance of this dispute. We call on the Secretary of State for Health to open constructive discussions with all Health unions including the POA. The NEC recognise the nature of patients that our members in the hospitals look after on behalf of society and we are more than content to discuss minimum cover arrangements. So far the employers nor Government have made contact to discuss such issues.

On behalf of the Executive I would like to wish our members well for the strike action. They will be fully supported on the picket line with Joe Simpson Assistant Secretary attending Ashworth, Duncan Keys Assistant Secretary attending Broadmoor and myself attending Rampton.

I would urge our branches around the country to send messages of support to our colleagues at the respective hospitals. I am sure they will be grateful for any support from fellow POA members.

Yours sincerely

General Secretary