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NHS workers deserve fair pay - Vote YES

UNITE is opening new ballots across England and Wales. Ballot papers will start landing on doormats in the coming days. The rolling ballots will close before Christmas. Read more here. 

Please check back for the full list of NHS trusts in England and Wales that Unite is balloting. Read more here.

Ambulance staff in England: your NHS pay strike ballot is now open. Ballot closes: 30/11/22.

You should have received your ballot paper in the post by now. If you haven't received it, or it is lost, please email: [email protected] to request a replacement.


Unite is urging you to vote YES for strike action over the UK government’s decision to impose another below inflation pay award of just over 4% for most NHS staff in England and Wales. And follows a consultative ballot of our members in which 84% voted for industrial action. Nearly all (97%) said the award was unfair.

 With RPI inflation at 12.6% this is another massive pay cut. The government’s imposed pay award of £1,400 will also lead to more NHS cuts, as there’s no extra money from the Treasury to fund it.

Get vote ready:

  • Check your post – This is a postal ballot. Vote YES and post your ballot back in the envelope provided straight away.
  • Check back for updates: we will post ballot opening and closing dates, and workplaces here.
  • Check your Unite membership details - go to myunite.unitetheunion.org to update your details and never miss a message from us. 
  • Talk to your lead health officer, and UNITE rep about ordering a supply of Get out the vote materials for your workplace.
Your vote is your voice - don't lose it. 

Unite is balloting strategically to win. We want to make sure we get as many of our members over the strict balloting threshold line, so that we maximise our impact and win. That’s means we’re balloting in phases. But even if your workplace isn’t being balloted now, we’re in this together. Working for the same goal - to win the inflation busting pay rise NHS workers deserve. Talk to your UNITE rep about getting involved.

Please talk to your UNITE rep or email [email protected] 

REMINDER: NHS pay is imposed not negotiated. Health unions do not negotiate with the government on NHS pay in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Instead, the UK government uses the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) process to make decisions on NHS staff pay awards. Unite submits evidence to the PRB report.

  • Talk to your colleagues about why their vote matters. Download our NHS strike FAQs.
  • Organise workplace stalls, ‘tea break’ chats and branch meetings.
  • Talk to your Unite official to order a supply of materials. Hand out the ambulance FLYER. Wear a sticker.
  • Put up an Ambulance POSTER on your noticeboard. 
  • Talk to your UNITE reps for more ideas on how to get the vote out in your workplace!
  • Spread the word on social media. Set up a Whatsapp group. Share our graphics. #FairNHSpay

Download and share these materials on your social media 

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