Union leaders have blasted the approach to talks with the Health Secretary Steve Barclay and accused the government of “only wanting to talk about productivity” and there were no talks over pay.
Following a very short meeting with Barclay on Monday union leaders were “angry” for their members as there were no detailed talks over pay and ambulance strikes will now happen on 23 January.
Onay Kasab, Unite’s national leader said that the government only wanted to discuss “Productivity when our members are working 18-hour shifts! Quite how you become more productive, I don’t know.
“I’m very angry on behalf of our members.”
Kasab added that it is “absolutely ludicrous” and “outrageous” the government, in exchange for a pay rise, only wanted to talk about NHS staff being more productive.
He blasted that “It’s an insult.”