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Nurses get CASH TONIC: 6.5% pay boost for NHS workers

10 June 2018

Unison is backing the pay deal after 84% of its members voted in favour (from a turnout of 30%), with Unite also giving the proposals their support after a 79% vote in favour from their NHS members (from a turnout of 27%).

Head of analysis at NHS Providers, Philippa Hentsch, said the organisation was pleased to hear the deal has been so widely accepted by health trade unions, but argued that it is important staff are "rewarded fairly", and that the government honours its commitments to fully fund the pay rise to all Agenda for Change workers.

Yesterday, following consultation exercises and online ballots, it was announced that health workers had voted "overwhelmingly" to accept the deal.

After this, a formal communication will be sent to NHS employers to begin paying the higher amount in July pay packets.

RCN chief executive Janet Davies said: "After today, the government can not assume that the thorny issue of NHS pay has been put to bed".

It was made possible with an extra £4.2bn of government funding.

The CSP had recommended accepting the offer, which includes an overall increase of at least 6.5 per cent rise by April 2020 for everyone (below band 8D), higher starting salaries, the introduction of the National Living Wage and faster progress to the top of their bandsfor the substantial majority of staff.

Every NHS worker in England will now be paid at least £8.93 an hour, or £17,460 if they work full-time.

She said: 'By standing together, the NHS unions were able to reject all unpalatable demands to cut annual leave or unsocial hours payments and get the best possible deal from a Government still committed to austerity'.

GMB officials will meet next week to decide their next move after members rejected the deal by nearly 9-1.

It is expected that additional funding will now be made available for health budgets in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, allowing pay negotiations to take place for health workers there.

In the statement released by the Department of Health and Social Care, Mr. Hunt said; "This is an incredibly well deserved pay rise for staff who have never worked harder". Employees who are now paid below the top of their existing pay band will be entitled to receive pay increases of between 9-29% over the three-year period.

Bosses hope that as well as a morale boost, it will make the ailing health service more attractive to recruits.

Nurses get CASH TONIC: 6.5% pay boost for NHS workers