Midwives challenging South West regional pay moves
- Published on Monday, 16 July 2012 16:16
- Written by Scott Buckler
Commenting on press reports on moves by a number of South West Health Trusts to introduce regional pay for midwives and other health workers
Jon Skewes, director of employment relations and development at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said:
"How can it be right for highly paid senior managers in the South West to threaten their staff with the sack and to impose pay cuts? Midwives have already endured pay freezes and are working harder to keep up with the rising birth rate and increasing demands on maternity services. They are already doing more work for less pay.
"The RCM must question the motivation of this cartel of top hospital trust managers in the South West. We know the Chancellor is desperate to introduce regional pay and suspect he is pulling the strings to bring it in via the back door in this region.
"The RCM is absolutely opposed to any attempts to reduce the pay of midwives and their colleagues in the NHS. We are challenging these moves especially as we are currently involved in a consultation on a national review of the pay agreement for midwives and other health staff. For this group of trusts to engage in these underhand and retrograde tactics is shameful. It is a betrayal of the hardworking NHS staff delivering vital frontline services."
The RCM will be holding meetings with its members in the South West on this urgent issue. The first will be held at Heartlands in West Cornwall this Thursday, (19th July) and Jon Skewes will be addressing the meeting.