Unison Strike

Unison Strike

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Location

Belfast, Royal Victoria Hospital

Year

1999

Date

Transmission 21/10/1999

Length

02min 24sec

Audio

sound

Format

DVC

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Ambulance paramedics and auxiliary staff are preparing to strike due to the "immoral" 3% increase in pay, compared to the 4.7% pay rise offered to nurses. 

Though reluctant to strike, interviewees such as Dave Prentis, Marie Boyd, David Hope and Patricia McKeown state that it’s an insult to the 15,000 unison health workers in Northern Ireland. This is especially hurtful to the staff, due to the work they have carried out during the troubles, with the money not giving the "the status and recognition" that they so thoroughly deserve. 

The concluding plea is for the government to be "fair".

Notes

"UNISON is the UK’s largest union, serving more than 1.3 million members. We represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors." -  unison.org, 2020.

Credits

A UTV Production.

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