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Acceptance of NHS Pay Deal

Posted by wgaffney@unisonglasgowclyde.com on September 16, 2018 at 1:55 PM

94% of UNISON members voted to accept the 3 year pay deal – which will put an additional £400m into NHS workers pay packets in Scotland.


The deal delivers real increases of between 3 and 27% for NHS workers in Scotland. This is a strong endorsement and a good result for UNISON members.


UNISON has engaged in a month long consultation process – consulting almost 60,000 NHS workers in Scotland in a four week ballot. The result means


• All NHS Scotland staff earning under £80,000 to receive a 3% pay increase backdated to April 1, 2018, with a payment of £1600 for staff earning more than £80,000

• The top of all pay scales to rise by 9% over the lifetime of the three-year deal (including 2018 or £1600 per annum for scales above £80,000

• Larger increments and faster progression for staff in post, but not yet at the top of their pay band – worth between 11.3% and 27.7%

• Removal of band overlaps to ensure promotion comes with a proper pay rise and to lessen the risk of equal pay challenges

• Big improvements in starting salaries to help the NHS attract and retain new staff

• Applies to all NHS contractor staff

UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health union, is now calling on the Scottish Government to set up formal structures to negotiate direct with NHS unions in Scotland from now on, and officially leave the UK’s NHS Pay Review Body.

This is the first year UNISON and other health unions have submitted a pay claim direct to the Scottish Government.


The UK’s NHS Pay Review Body negotiates with health unions on pay on behalf of the NHS across the UK. UNISON members has lost trust in NHS Pay Review Body and don’t think it listens to their concerns.


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