Earnings max – break the pay cap
Following yet another 1% pay award this year, UNISON conducted a branch consultation on how best to respond and where to focus our efforts.
Based on what members told us we will be pursuing an “Earnings max” strategy. This involves working to deliver immediate improvements to members’ earnings, while building support to break the government’s pay cap in the NHS.
We will intensify our campaign for an end to the 1% cap, highlighting why it is unfair to staff and bad for NHS patients. This is always at the top of our agenda when we meet ministers, politicians, employers and other unions.
But we will not end the pay cap overnight. To improve members’ earnings right now we will run campaigns such as fighting down-banding, improving Bank pay, and winning the living wage.
Make sure your branch gets involved – speak to your local stewards and branch officials for more information.
Building the campaign – across all NHS trade unions
UNISON is the largest union in the NHS, and we have a clear strategy to deliver campaigns that make a real difference to the earnings of our members.
From our experience of leading pay disputes in the past, we know that action is most effective when we coordinate with other organisations. UNISON will work to get support within all NHS Trade Unions for an effective challenge to the Government’s pay policy, including considering coordinated ballots for industrial action.
Working together, the NHS unions have already called for a government summit on NHS pay this summer to plan how to end the pay cap and return NHS pay to a sustainable position.
Look out for more information about this after the General Election.
In the meantime – make sure you ask anyone who wants your vote what their plans are for NHS pay.