NHS unions to consult their members on government’s new offer

21 June Fight for NHS LondonNHS trade unions have suspended tomorrow’s planned strike following a pay proposal put forward by the government.
UNISON head of health and the unions’ lead negotiator Christina McAnea said: “The two strike days staged by health workers last year have moved the government to negotiate with the unions.
“This isn’t a great offer but it addresses some of the key concerns unions have about low pay in the NHS. In the interest of patients’ safety unions will now consult members.
“It will be up to members to decide whether to accept or reject the proposals. If they choose to reject them we will move to further industrial action.”
The offer is:
* a consolidated 1% offer payment for all staff up to Band 8B
* an additional £200 consolidated payment for low paid staff (pay points 3-8)
* the first point on the pay scale to be abolished and the second raised to £15,000
* an increment freeze in 2015-16 for staff earning more than £40,558 (pay point 34) for one year only
* urgent talks on proposed redundancy changes from April 2015 including a floor of £23,000 and a ceiling of £80,000 with an end to employer top-ups
* a commitment from the government to the NHS Pay Review Body and that the NHSPRB will continue to make future recommendations on pay uplift for NHS staff in 2016-17
* a request for further talks to reform Agenda for Change with an implementation date of April 2016
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The offer moves the NHS towards becoming a Living Wage employer and begins to address issues around low pay.
“Members will decide on whether to accept or reject the offer of what we believe it is the best that can be achieved by negotiation.”
 GMB national officer Rehana Azam said: “We’re pleased that after a week of talks we have secured a new offer that enables us suspend the strike action while we consult with our members on whether they wish to accept the offer or not.”

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