Unite members who work at Broadmoor Hospital voted unanimously to reject proposals for cutting staff allowances at the secure hospital. Run by West London Mental Health NHS Trust, the hospital has paid special allowances for working in its particularly challenging environment for more than 60 years
“This employer is seeking to isolate, devalue and de-couple the special allowances from the NHS national agreement,” said Unite regional officer, Joe McGowan. “Our members are in no mood to let this happen”.
“Unite’s stance has brought the Prison Officers Association, Unison and the Royal College of Nursing on board and forced the management to water down their original proposals. Even so, we have sent them a resounding rejection and we will not rest until we have seen off this threat to pensionable pay,” said Joe McGowan.
Broadmoor management had asked for staff agreement to completely abolish the additional allowances for new starters in the new year, to stop paying it for additional “Bank” hours and to freeze the allowance at its current level.
Broadmoor, near Crowthorne in Berkshire, is the best known of the three secure hospitals in England.