Unite members to take pensions industrial action on 10 May

Members of public sector union Unite, which includes some GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and practice pharmacists, will be staging pension protests and industrial action on 10 May.

Unite: 'Members now face an extra £30-a-month to pay for their pensions.'
Unite: 'Members now face an extra £30-a-month to pay for their pensions.'

Unite encompasses the Medical Practitioners Union which represents some GPs.

The action will come a day after the Queen’s speech which is expected to include a parliamentary Bill forcing through public sector pension changes.

Unite says its members, who also include health visitors and paramedics, now face, on average, an extra £30-a-month to pay for their pensions.

Meanwhile, the BMA is set to ballot members from 15 to 29 May on two questions – whether doctors are prepared to strike, and whether they are prepared to take action short of a full strike.

Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, said: ‘I know staff feel anxious about changes to pensions but announcements of industrial action will be distressing for patients and confusing for staff.’

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