Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Unison challenges health pay deal

  • Comment
A bid by Unison to re-open a three-year pay deal for health workers may be another blow to government attempts to keep all public sector rises close to the 2% inflation target.

The union's move for an enhanced pay deal comes in the wake of increases in the costs of fuel, energy and food which are driving inflation well beyond the 2% increase predicted when the deal was struck two months ago.

UNISON head of health Karen Jennings said: "Nurses and other health workers are already struggling to cope with almost daily increases in the cost of basic necessities such a food and energy.

"The reopener clause was central to this year's multi-year pay talks because it provided a much-needed safety net against just this situation."

Ms Jennings said that 2.54% and 2.5% increases negotiated for the next two years were "well short" of anticipated inflation figures during the period.

UNISON and other health unions are to submit new evidence to the NHS pay review body arguing for a review of 2009-2010 pay rates.

This week, Local Government Chronicle (LGCplus article) reported that talks between Unison and Unite over this year’s disputed deal for local government workers could be resolved with a three-year settlement.

LGC's Jim Dunton told LGCplus: "Negotiators representing local government staff at pay talks starting on August 13 could well feel this move will adds weight to their case for a better settlement than the 2.45% offered this year.

"Health colleagues demanding a return to the table over a deal that is essentially better than the offer to council workers in each of the three stipulated years has to be a positive argument for them."

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.