Northampton General Hospital staff vote for a strike on pay cuts

Northampton General Hospital South entrance.
Northampton General Hospital South entrance.

Forty-eight pathologists working for Northampton General Hospital have voted in favour of strike action over plans that would see each potentially earn £6,000 a year less, a union has said.

Unite claims the staff, some with upto 40 years’ experience, face losing out when unsocial hours payments are cut.

And it comes at a time, Unite says, when NGH is spending almost £1 million on eight agency biomedical scientists.

The union says the pathologists “are furious their well-being is being sacrificed for no cost savings”.

NGH said is was changing the conditions because the pathologists have historically received higher unsocial hours rates than other staff in the same pay band. It pledged to minimise the effect of any strike.