Scotland NHS deal shows England strikes can be avoided if ministers join talks
- Monday 12 December 2022
Unite asks Westminster government if it believes NHS England workers don’t deserve same as colleagues in Scotland
Following the confirmation that Unite’s NHS members in Scotland have voted to accept an improved pay deal, the union has urged ministers in England to engage in fresh pay talks.
Unite, which represents more than 100,000 NHS workers, said the Scottish deal shows that industrial action can still be avoided if the Westminster government agrees to join pay negotiations.
The NHS Scotland deal represents on average a 7.5 per cent increase across the service with up to 11.24 per cent for the bottom pay bands.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The deal in Scotland shows that Unite’s members are clearly prepared to negotiate on pay. The only thing standing in the way of this happening is the intransigence of the Westminster government to join pay negotiations and offer a better deal.
“If the position remains the same, ministers must explain why NHS workers in England don’t deserve the same pay increase as their colleagues in Scotland.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.