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NHS staff accept pay offer

14th September 2007

The threat of public sector strikes in England has eased after health staff grudgingly accepted an improved pay offer.

Unison, the union which represents about 450,000 NHS, said members had voted by two-to-one to accept the new offer. The GMB has also agreed to it as has the Royal College of Nursing albeit “with great reluctance.?

Health unions were angered by government plans to offer the 2.5% rise in England over two stages, reducing the value of the rise to 1.9%, particularly after ministers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales agreed to pay the rise in one stage.

In August, the government improved the offer to include a £400 flat rate for thousands of the lowest paid workers plus contributions towards registration fees.

The new offer is worth 3.4% for the lowest paid but 2.08% overall.

Karen Jennings, head of health at Unison, said the below inflation offer had been accepted grudgingly.

“I believe that workers in the health service deserve better,? she said. “The increase still represents a cut in living standards so we will try to catch up next year. I don’t believe health workers will accept a below inflation pay increase for two years running.?

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said he was pleased NHS staff had voted to accept the revised pay offer.

“What is important is that we build on this, involving the workforce in the key decisions about the future of the NHS as we modernise patient care. Involving staff in this way is the key to boosting morale,? he said.


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Denise Church

Saturday 29th September 2007 @ 15:24

I will be retiring next year, so what happens to the second stage of my rise......?


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