Statement by Permanent Secretary poses the threat of pay inequality for NHS workers in the NHS

Unite the union has said the statement from the permanent secretary regarding a lack of ability to pay any pay increase to health staff is unnecessarily provocative to health and social care workers ahead of the scheduled meeting with Trade unions and the Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris.

The comments raise the prospect of a return to pay inequality for NHS workers in Northern Ireland as compared to those elsewhere in the UK.

Kevin McAdam lead officer for health in Unite the union responded to the statement by the Permanent Secretary.

“This statement does nothing apart from ramp up tensions within the workforce at a time when the permanent secretary is engaged in cuts to training places and other vital health provisions. 

“Unite the union will be meeting the Secretary of State on Thursday [25th May]. We will challenge him to deliver the Barnet consequentials arising from the England NHS pay deal in full and ensuring they are brought to the table in Northern Ireland. 

“Our members have resisted further strike action in order to allow space for talks but this statement leaves us with no other option but to prepare for further action. Our members will not and cannot accept a zero pay award.”