FIGHTBACK TO KEEP
SPECIAL DUTY PAYMENTS
LOW PAY - NO WAY
London's low paid and dedicated nurses now face pay cuts of up to £40 per week(£2,000 per year) as a direct result of the Conservative Governments proposals to stop special duty payments and replace them with a fixed hourly rate of £1.20. This will affect all grades and all specialities and will surely lead to more nurses leaving the NHS, worsening the already horrific nursing shortage in London.
PAY JUSTICE FOR LONDON'S NURSES
The Tory Governments proposals will mean the scrapping of special duty payments of 30 per cent extra for night nurses and the extra 60 percent payment for Sunday and holiday work leading to cuts in pay from 35p to £3.06 per hour for London's nurses.
COHSE- London's nursing union says enough is enough COHSE nurses demand pay justice in 1988. London's nurses will not sit and watch our profession undermined due to low pay - join the COHSE resistance.
DEDICATION DOES NOT PAY THE RENT MANAGEMENT'S PROPOSALS
1. Ending of Special Duty Payments and their replacement with a flat rate payment of £1.20 an hour for all night and weekend work.
2. Flat rate payments of 60p an hour for Stand-by Duty at place of work and just 30p an hour for On-call Duty.
3. A change to Excess Hours (overtime) payments.
4. No payment of Special Duty Allowances while attending any courses that lead to promotion or a change of post.
5. A Sleeping-in at work Allowance of 90p an hour.
6. A national agreement covering staff accompanying patients on holiday. This would entitle staff to 12 hours at plain time rates and 12 hours at Sleeping-in Allowance rates for each 24 hour period.
LONDON COHSE NURSES DEMAND
NO CUTS IN SPECIAL DUTY PAYMENTS
£1,000 INCREASE IN LONDON WEIGHTING
20%INCREASE IN NATIONAL NURSES PAY
NO POLL TAX FOR STUDENT NURSES
NO CUTS IN LONDON'S HEALTH SERVICE
As a result of the campaign waged by COHSE and NUPE nurses Special duty Payments were saved.
Action by nurses and donor carers in the Blood Service, followed by industrial action in North Manchester put an end to the Conservatives plans to cut Special duty payments.
A campaign waged by COHSE (as part of the general 1988 nurses industrial Acton) to secure an increase in London weighting was also successful in 1988 securing the biggest increase every won.