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Strike action at Northampton General Hospital ends after 27 days

NHS workers protest outside of Northampton General Hospital today over a dispute between pay and working hours.

NHS workers protest outside of Northampton General Hospital today over a dispute between pay and working hours.

An agreement has been reached between Northampton General Hospital and ‘locked out’ pathologists which will see them back at work on Monday.

The dispute between the hospital and 78 members of the Unite union was sparked after the biomedical staff were told there would be reductions to pay, bans on overtime and out-of-hour working.

The agreement, presided over by Acas, was hammered out during crisis meetings last night, which did not end until 8pm.

Neither party would reveal what compromises were made.

Jim Kerr, Acas conciliator said: “We are pleased that we have been able to help bring an end to the dispute.

“We want to thank all the parties involved for their hard work and commitment.”

The exact terms of the agreement are not yet known.

A response if expected from Unite today.

A spokeswoman for NGH said: “Talks via the mediation service ACAS have resulted in a negotiated settlement to the long-running dispute between Northampton General Hospital and 55 pathology workers.

“The deal was accepted by the pathology staff at a meeting convened by their union, Unite, last night.

“The new agreement will see changes to the pathology staff contracts effective from March 2015.

“Acceptance of the new terms will see the workforce will return to work on Monday, July 28 2014.

“Neither party will be commenting further on the details as the focus now is to secure a swift return to normal working at the hospital.”

 

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