NHS unions agree 6.5% pay deal

Henrietta Strickland
June 10, 2018

Unison's Sara Gorton said: "This won't solve all the NHS problems, but will go a long way to easing financial strain".

The only NHS staff union to reject the deal was the GMB, who feel the deal still doesn't give NHS workers enough.

Unions held a series of consultations with NHS staff on the offer and announced that they voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal.

. That's a rise of between 11 percent and 13 percent, meaning that every NHS worker in England will be paid at least £8.93 ($12) per hour, 18p above the voluntary living wage of £8.75 ($11.70) per hour.

"Most importantly, the extra funding means the pay rise won't be at the expense of services or patient care".

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is calling for the NHS pay deal to be extended to nursing staff across the NHS and social care, including those working in general practice.

'The issue of NHS pay has been put to bed'.

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Staff on the lowest pay grade - such as hospital caterers, cleaners and porters - will get an immediate pay rise of more than £2,000 ($2,700) this year.

The pay offer was initially proposed in March and focused on the lowest paid workers on NHS Agenda for Change contracts.

"The Government would be mistaken if it thought today's deal was the end, rather than the beginning, of that journey".

GMB officials will meet next week to decide their next move after members rejected the deal by nearly 9-1.

In Scotland and Wales, pay negotiations are subsequently underway but the absence of government in Northern Ireland means the increase will be delayed.

CSP members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals in an online survey, backed up by feedback from webinars and more than 215 workplace meetings run by CSP staff across the country.

"It is also important that, apart from this significant pay increase, we successfully fended off employer attempts to reduce unsocial hours payments and annual leave".

In the statement released by the Department of Health and Social Care, Mr. Hunt said; "This is an incredibly well deserved pay rise for staff who have never worked harder".

Bosses hope that as well as a morale boost, it will make the ailing health service more attractive to recruits. Employees who are now paid below the top of their existing pay band will be entitled to receive pay increases of between 9-29% over the three-year period.

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