SoR members vote overwhelmingly to accept new pay offer

SoR logoMembers of the RCM and SoR in England have voted by 86% to accept the NHS pay offer for 2015/16.

The offer from the government came after several months of strikes and work-to-rule and followed settlements made in Scotland and Wales. NHS employees are fighting for the first pay increase in four out of the past five years.

Action was sparked when the Westminster government ignored the independent pay review body’s recommendation to award a 1% increase. Eleven unions took part in the industrial action, for many the first since the early 1980s.

SoR industrial relations manager said: “Radiographers have simply wanted to be treated fairly.

“Unfortunately members working in senior positions, undertaking managerial roles, have still been denied justice by the government’s refusal to apply the increase to the higher pay rates. We will vigorously pursue this at future NHS pay reviews.”

RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “I am pleased that RCM members voted in favour of accepting the offer. This is the best that could be achieved by negotiations and we achieved significant improvements following our campaign and industrial action and in the negotiations. It shows that negotiations with NHS unions is far better that imposition.

“Midwives are caring people who work long hours to give excellent care to women and their babies, often working beyond their shift and through their breaks. Even during our industrial action midwives have maintained safety for women and their families. They deserve to be valued by government and employers.

“We will wait for the results of the consultations from other NHS Trade Unions but hope that now we have agreements in Scotland and Wales and an offer in England, we can achieve the same in Northern Ireland.”

The consultations by the other trades unions conclude on 2 March.

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