Fair pay for NHS

NHS Workers Deserve a Proper Pay Rise

Have your say on NHS pay

A message to Unite health members on Agenda for Change (AfC) in England and Wales.

Your voice matters. It’s time to be heard.

The government’s 3% pay rise for NHS (AfC) staff falls well short of what we know our NHS heroes our worth.

So from the 16 August to 3 October, we’re giving YOU and every one of our NHS health members in England and Wales a chance to have a say on the government’s pay decision in an online consultative ballot. This is your chance to make your voice heard.

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We believe our NHS heroes deserve better than 3% so Unite and your health committee is asking members to reply ‘NO’ to the government’s 3% pay rise and ‘YES’ to action when the ballot opens.

This is an electronic consultative and indicative industrial action ballot. Please check your inbox and phone for a text from us – In Wales, the ballot opens on 16 August and closes on 23 September, while in England the ballot opens on 27 August and closes on 3 October.

Things you can do to get ready:

  1. Make sure your membership contact details are up-to-date. If we don’t have a valid email or mobile number, you won’t be able to vote. Go to MyUnite.
  2. Talk to your colleagues about why their vote matters. Download and put up this poster. 
  3. Get involved in our NHS pay, national day of action – 25 August. Find an event near you, or plan your own. Details here.
  4. Keep asking friends and family to sign up to support our fight for a fair and proper NHS pay rise - get them to use the form on this page.
  5. Email your MP today!  Ask them to write to the chancellor and prime minister to give NHS staff the proper pay rise they deserve.

You can use the online form below to automatically send a letter to your MP.

Our NHS heroes have risked their lives to save ours during the Covid-19 crisis. Many have seen their real term wages fall by 19% because of Tory austerity. They spend locally. A decent pay rise for NHS staff is fair, necessary and affordable. 

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Unite believes the 3% award is grossly inadequate and is too little and too late after all trade unions have been asking for an early and significant pay rise since July last year and Unite has been asking for £3,000 or 15% whatever is greater.

It's time the UK government stopped treating NHS workers and their unions with contempt, and paid you fairly.

We still want to know:

1. Whether the NHS pay award will be fully funded and not have to be met from existing NHS budgets

2. Will health workers employed by non NHS employers like contractors, outsourcers and wholly owned subsidiaries be given the fund by the Government for their pay award?

3. Will there be funding to ensure that the NHS Pay is above the Citizens UK living wage?

Believe it. You've earned it. 
Here are five reasons why all NHS workers deserve a fair pay rise. Spread the word. 

1.You’ve earned it – NHS workers have battled on the Covid-19 frontline, worked over a million hours of unpaid overtime and risked your lives to save ours. You deserve better than 3%.

2. We can afford it – This government has spent billions of taxpayers' money on failing contracts, so we know it can afford to do better by our NHS workers.

3. A decade of pay cuts and pay freezes – Pay for many NHS staff has fallen by 19% in real terms since 2010. A 15% pay rise or £3,000 is affordable and will go some way to undoing the damage done.

4. You spend locally – A proper NHS pay rise will help our communities recover. Giving NHS staff a substantial pay rise will boost spending in every community in every part of the UK, providing much needed revenue for our country’s struggling shops and restaurants.

5. Too many healthcare workers are leaving – Forced out of the job you love because of low pay, stress, long shifts and the treatment you received during Covid. Overstretched and undervalued, you deserve so much better than this.


Talk to your rep about ordering a supply of FAIR PAY FOR NHS printable materials. Available from the Unite print tool. Download posters below. 
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