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Amicus the Union

April 18, 2007 11:15 ET

Amicus health workers growing anger as March inflation figures revealed

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - Amicus union members in the NHS expressed growing anger at their pay deal as March inflation figures are revealed.

The March RPI inflation figure, issued yesterday, of 4.8% has fuelled continuing anger at the Government's recent announcement of a 2.5% pay deal for health workers which will be staggered in two payments and equates to a 1.9% rise over the year.

The pay deal was imposed by the Treasury, against the recommendation of the NHS' independent Pay Review Body and is the worst pay rise since 1985 when a below inflation, 3.6% rise, was imposed.

Amicus' National Officer, Kevin Coyne, said: "These inflation figures serve to highlight the derisory and insulting pay rise imposed on hard working and loyal NHS staff.

"The fact that our members are discussing the possibility of their taking industrial action is an indication of the degree of frustration and anger that they feel."

The Amicus National Committee for Health will meet next Thursday (26 April) where they will debate the calls for industrial action. The joint union Pay Negotiating Committee which represents Amicus Maintenance Workers in the NHS is meeting on Friday 27th April and is expected to reject the staggered deal.

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