Pay rise for NHS staff in England
UNISON members working for the NHS in England have voted overwhelmingly to accept a three year pay deal and changes to the NHS pay structure negotiated by UNISON and the other 13 NHS unions.
All 14 NHS unions have been consulting their members on pay and have today (Friday) collectively endorsed this deal which has been overwhelmingly supported by NHS staff.
UNISON members voted yes by a large margin with approximately 84% voting to accept and 16% voting against. Over 83,500 members voted in a turnout of around 30%.
UNISON led the negotiations and the Treasury agreed to find £4.2bn of new money to ensure that these pay increases do not come at the cost of jobs or patient care.
Staff, including hospital porters, 999 call handlers, healthcare assistants, nurses, midwives and others will see pay increases of 6.5% at the top of bands with more for those below- through a combination of cost of living and faster incremental increases- over the three-year period.
The deal will also give an immediate £2,000 increase to lower-paid staff taking them above the living wage.
Every NHS worker in England will now be paid at least £8.93 an hour (18p above the real living wage of £8.75 an hour), or £17,460 a year if they work full-time.
The deal also delivers substantial increases to starting salaries, meaningful pay rises on promotion and faster progression through most pay bands.
Although the agreement only covers the NHS in England, as health is a devolved matter, it is expected that additional funding will now be made available through the Barnett formula for health budgets in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, allowing pay negotiations to take place for health workers there.