Responding to today’s (Monday 25 June) announcement by the Scottish government that NHS staff will be offered ‘at least a nine per cent pay rise over the next three years’, Unite regional officer James O’Connell said:
“After eight long years of pay austerity, this deal at least begins to recognise that the harsh pay regime imposed on hard working and dedicated NHS staff here in Scotland can no longer be sustained.
“But whether it goes far enough to make up for eight years of pay restraint that has cost our members around 20 per cent in lost wages since 2010, will be for our members to decide.
“While we welcome some aspects of this deal, we see this as the start, not the end of the journey for NHS staff in Scotland.
“Unite believes that this deal is the best that can be achieved through negotiation, and will make no recommendation to our members that they accept or reject the deal.
“Unite will begin consulting members on the final offer straight away, with a ballot of the union’s Scottish NHS members opening on the 9 July and closing on the 15 August.”
For more information contact Unite regional officer, James O’Connell on 07568109586
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.