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UK health workers to vote on pay offer - union

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LONDON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of workers in Britain's state-run National Health Service (NHS) will be balloted over a pay offer, the GMB union said on Tuesday.

The union said health workers had been offered a flat rate pay increase amounting to between 1% and 7%. Inflation topped 10% in July. The ballot opened on Tuesday and closes Sept. 27.

"After more than ten years of pay cuts and a gruelling two years on the pandemic front line, NHS staff face yet more punishment from this pay offer," Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)