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DUP urged to fight for better health worker pay.


THE DUP is facing calls to fight the corner of health workers and stop them getting paid less than the rest of the UK.

Unions, including Unison and the RCN, are currently locked in talks over a UK-wide pay rise for NHS staff.

But Unison called on local MPs to apply "pressure" to get "pay parity" for workers in the region who are earning less than colleagues across the water.

A source said: "We're saying to the DUP MPs, who now have all this influence, they need to fight for local health workers.

"We've said to them, there's no reason a nurse in Lisburn should be getting paid less than one in Manchester. If it was decided tomorrow Northern Ireland MPs were going to get less pay than the ones in England they wouldn't be too happy, so why should it be allowed to apply to health workers? "We need clarity on parity and if our MPs want to prove they're over there fighting for the rights of local workers, well now's their chance." It has been reported the Government is set to offer NHS staff a 6.5% pay rise over the next three years but is insisting health workers give up a day's holiday in return for the PS3.3billion deal.

The moves comes after months of behind-the-scenes talks with union leaders.

The DUP was approached for comment.



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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 14, 2018
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