Strike action goes ahead at hospitals

Pontefract General Infirmary / Pontefract Hospital
Pontefract General Infirmary / Pontefract Hospital

A week of strikes has gone ahead at Pontefract Hospital as talks between staff and management in a pay dispute broke down.

Unison decided to go ahead with five days of action at Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals after failing to reach agreement with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – despite the involvement of ACAS.

Graham Briggs, head of human resources at the trust, said staff rejected four improved pay protection offers, and a fifth proposal from Unison to come up with an alternative scheme to make the cuts was also rejected by members. The trust has now issued dismissal and re-engagement letters to 162 staff, giving them until April 25 to sign a new contract with the new pay grades.

Mr Briggs said plans were in place to ensure services to patients were unaffected by the strike action.