Administrators and medical secretaries employed by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action over a proposed restructure and pay cut of up to 12.5%, says UNISON.
Around 95% of staff at the trust voted for action on a turnout of 73%, which is well above the legal threshold for industrial action.
Commenting on the vote UNISON member and Team Secretary Sue Gill said:
“I could lose almost £200 per month from my pay packet if the proposed restructure goes ahead.
“The plans have made many staff, including myself, feeling undervalued for the work we do.
“For a number of years vacancies within the trust have been unfilled and the strain is now showing. If more jobs go under a restructure the situation will get much, much worse.”
UNISON regional organiser Michael Sweetman said:
“If the restructure goes ahead around 100 staff could lose as much as £3,000 a year.
“We hope this clear mandate for industrial action is enough to get the employer to reconsider its proposals and resolve this dispute.”