Unite Scotland says a one per cent recommended pay rise for health workers is ‘woefully inadequate’ and will fail to staunch the continuing erosion of NHS incomes.
The NHS Pay Review Body – which considers pay increases for staff across the UK – has today (Fri 24 Mar) recommended an increase of just one per cent.
The Scottish Government has announced that it will follow the recommendation, and will offer workers earning less than £22,000 a flat-rate increase of £400 a year.
But Unite says that at a time of rising food, fuel and travel costs, the recommended rise will still see health workers lose money in real terms.
Unite Scotland lead officer for health Gordon Casey said: “Our members in the NHS are dedicated, committed and hard-working. We all rely on them. They deserve a fair pay rise that at least keeps their heads above water.
“What the PRB has proposed is woefully inadequate and means that the majority of NHS staff will have experienced a loss of income in real terms of about 17 per cent since 2010.
“Our members deserve more. A one per cent increase will see them continue to lose money in real terms – especially now that inflation is on the rise. We will now take time to consult with them and decide on a way forward.”
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For more information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / firstname.lastname@example.org