Strike didn’t affect southern health trust area

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Southern health trust staff did not take part in today’s planned strike and no services were affected though the Unite union said its members are planning industrial action for March 13.

The strike affected other parts of the health service and both GMB and Unite members are protesting over ‘inaction’ of the health department in Northern Ireland to implement a pay deal drawn up nationally.

A Unite spokesperson said members “have been refused the pay review body’s recommendation of 1% from April 2014”.

Unison did not strike today but is to ballot its members in Northern Ireland for industrial action over pay in the next few weeks.