Unite has today welcomed the announcement by the Welsh government that all Welsh NHS and social care staff will receive a one off taxable payment of £735 in May. The one off payment is separate to the annual pay award which is still to be decided.

Richard Munn, Unite Wales lead officer for health commented:

“Unite warmly welcomes the one off payment to NHS and social care staff in Wales and we thank Wales’ Labour government for recognising the incredible work NHS and social care staff have carried out during the pandemic.  Our members have worked tirelessly, providing care and support to the Welsh public during Covid.  Considering all the additional financial pressures that Covid has created for the Welsh government, this additional payment is a really positive gesture.  

"This payment is however separate to the annual pay award. Unite’s claim is for 15% or £3,000 (whichever is higher) and we continue to oppose the position taken by the UK government that a 1% pay cap should be applied.  Unite welcomes the Welsh government position that there should be no artificial cap. We are urging the pay review body to ignore the UK government’s request and make a recommendation based on the financial realities facing our members in the NHS.

“We do however urge the Welsh and UK governments to actively look at a similar recognition for the thousands of public sector workers who have been at the forefront of the Covid response who will not be receiving this payment.”

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