Date: 8 April 2008
UNISON welcomes NHS pay funding - but no agreement yet
UNISON Scotland's largest health union today welcomed the commitment
of the Cabinet Secretary for Health to fund the proposed multi-year
deal for NHS staff in Scotland. However, UNISON also made it clear
that the proposal has not been agreed.
The agreement is to the principle of a multi-year agreement and
UNISON will consult members within Scotland and across the UK on
The process for the consultation will be determined by UNISON's
Healthcare Conference which takes place in Manchester starting on
Monday 14 April.
Glyn Hawker, UNISON Scottish Organiser, said: "UNISON's objectives
in the negotiations were to get the best pay 'deal' possible but
we also wanted to pursue the objectives identified in our conference
policy. Particularly measures to benefit the low paid including
the abolition of pay band 1 and a flat rate increase in pay for
bands 1 to 3. The proposed deal would enable us to make significant
progress in this area.”
"We also negotiated to reduce the number of pay points in the long
pay bands and to add some money to the top of these pay bands. In
addition we pressed our claim for a reduction in the working week
and for a new trade union facilities agreement and new policies
on well-being at work”.
Tom Waterson, Chair of UNISON's Scottish Health Committee, said:
"UNISON is absolutely committed to seeking and acting upon the views
of our members on these proposals. Three years is a long time and
members will want to be sure of the benefits of an agreement that
lasts for so long”.
For Further Information Please Contact: Glyn Hawker (Scottish
Organiser) 07876 441237 (m) Dave Watson (Scottish Organiser) 0870
7777 006 (w) 07958 122 409 (m)