GMB NHS trade union Pay Campaign update
14 August 2018

Thank you to all GMB members who used their vote in the recent consultative ballot as a part of the GMB NHS Pay campaign.


The government’s anti-trade union laws, specifically the new Trade Union Act, has made it extremely difficult for trade unions to meet high thresholds of allot turnout requirements. As this was a consultative ballot only, we used the legislation requirements as the test and the relevant ballot thresholds have not been met. Therefore, on this occasion we are unable to trigger a formal industrial action ballot.


However, the message from GMB members is loud and clear - we must continue to campaign for more funding for NHS Pay. GMB members have used the recent ballot process to communicate with reps on the ground to convey their huge disappointment in this pay award and how let down they feel by a government who promised them so much more.


A joint meeting between GMB National NHS and Ambulance Service reps and officers took place on Thursday 9th August and all overwhelmingly agreed that the GMB campaign does not stop here. As promised to members, GMB will continue to call on the government to increase funding into the NHS for pay.


It is important that all GMB members have their say on NHS pay – what do you want to see your Union do next?


Over the coming months you will have the opportunity to get involved in local GMB events as a part of the campaign so keep an eye out for newsletters and speak to your local reps.


Do you want to get involved with the campaigns in your workplace or region? Do you want to be a GMB Rep? Email


Pass this onto a non-union member today and ask them to join GMB, the union campaigning for NHS Staff –


GMB North West & Irish Region