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Date 13 March 2007

Immediate health pay rise in Scotland welcomed

UNISON - Scotland's healthcare union - today welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Minister of Health, that nurses and other health professionals in Scotland would receive the full 2.5% of the Pay Review body award without staging.

Glyn Hawker, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Health, said "We are delighted that the strong lobbying by UNISON has borne fruit. The minister has listened to health workers' concerns. This reflects the more effective and co-operative nature of the NHS in Scotland."


Note for editors: UNISON is Scotland's largest health care union with 60,000 members in Scotland covering the whole healthcare team including nursing, other health professionals, admin and clerical, and ancillary staffs.

For Further Information Please Contact: Glyn Hawker (Scottish Organiser - Health) 07876 441 237(m) Dave Watson (Scottish organiser - Policy) 07958 122 409 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0771 558 3729(m)