Scrapping the NHS pay cap is the right thing to do, says UNISON

UNISON responds to the government’s health announcement

Responding to the government’s announcement today (Tuesday) that the NHS pay cap will be scrapped, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Scrapping the pay cap is the right thing to do, but it’s only meaningful if workers receive proper pay rises. The government’s announcement looks worryingly like a smoke and mirrors move, with talk of ‘productivity improvements’. NHS staff, patients and services shouldn’t be made to suffer to fund a pay rise.

“And the government can’t cherry pick lifting the cap for health workers. This cap has to be scrapped, and replaced with decent pay rises, for all public service workers.”

Notes to editors:
– With over 130,000 signatures, UNISON’s petition ‘Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise’ will be debated in Parliament on 4 December. The petition is available here.

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