Protecting and Promoting Equality in NHS Pay and Conditions

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2014 Health Care Service Group Conference
7 December 2013
Carried as Amended

Both the UK government and all devolved governments in the UK have a statutory duty to promote equality of opportunity.

Most recently the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) concluded that the UK Government had failed to take steps to ensure that there was even application of equality requirements.

Agenda for Change was a major step forward in securing equal pay and equal opportunities. This success is now being undermined by various attempts, led by some employers with the endorsement of Departments of Health to weaken and undermine equality.

Conference calls on the Health Service Group Executive in its oversight of our pay bargaining and campaigning strategies to ensure rigorous observance by Government Departments and Employers in the application of statutory duties on Equality and the Equal pay laws as they apply across all jurisdictions.

As part of this strategy Conference commits to challenging attempts by any or all of the four health departments, particularly in their submissions to the Pay Review Body which ignore, undermine or bypass equality rights and which diminish these rights or lead to adverse impact on a system which was designed to ensure equality of opportunity and equal pay across the NHS.