Unite the union has announced the details of the consultative ballot it will hold for its members working in the NHS in England covered by Agenda for Change. 

From Friday 31 March until Friday 28 April, Unite’s eligible NHS members will be asked to consider the government’s revised pay offer. 

Government offer

The government is proposing an additional unconsolidated cash lump sum payment on this year’s pay and a five per cent rise in pay for 2023/24 (full details in the link below).

The revised offer emerged through negotiations that followed strike action by Unite members in December, January and February.

No recommendation

Unlike other health unions, Unite is making no recommendation on the government’s pay offer stating that it will be the union’s members who will decide whether it should be accepted or rejected.

Members' decision

Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Unite’s NHS members have been standing up for fair pay, safe staffing and to defend our NHS. Now they have their chance to say if the government’s deal is good enough and, crucially, if they are convinced that this deal will not be funded to the detriment of patient care.

“This vote is about their pay, their vote and their choice.  It is now over to our NHS members to deliver their verdict. We will fully support whatever decision our members make.”

Consultation meetings 

Unite will be holding a series of meetings for members to allow them to obtain more information about the pay offer.

Unite represents over 100,000 NHS workers.

Full details of the government’s pay offer.


Notes to editors

For media enquiries ONLY please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or 0203 371 2067.

Email: [email protected]

Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.