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Hospital staff are ‘still struggling’

Thursday, 29 March 2018

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PAY parity for Northern Ireland's cash-strapped healthcare workers would boost morale at Coleraine's Causeway Hospital and lift many employees out of poverty, according to a union official.
UNISON'S branch secretary for the Causeway area Kim Hall, who represents staff including hospital porters, domestic staff, office workers and nurses, said: "We need the same deal as in Scotland; it should be a level playing field.
“The one per cent pay rise we received last year hasn't been enough to make a difference."
Her comments came following the announcement that Northern Ireland will get additional money from the Treasury following an NHS pay deal agreed in England where staff are being offered increases of at least 6.5 per cent over three years. The move will cost more than £4bn to fund.

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