But unlike recent lengthy strikes by medical staff, they picketed the Horton General Hospital at Banbury during their lunch break.
The Government had introduced in 1988 a new grading system for nurses, which meant that some were put on the lowest possible grade despite years of experience.
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Shop steward Sheila Snooks said: “They feel so strongly about the issue they wanted to demonstrate their feelings. A lot of people do a higher standard of work than their job descriptions.”
The protest was carried out in the nurses’ own time and did not affect the running of the hospital.
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