A massive 94% of UNISON members in NHS Scotland have voted to accept a three year pay deal which puts an additional £400m into their pay packets.
The deal delivers real overall pay increases with staff earning under £80,000 receiving a 3% pay rise backdated to 1 April and a payment of £1,600 for staff earning more than £80,000
The top of all pay scales will rise by 9% over the lifetime of the three-year deal (including 2018) or £1,600 a year for scales above £80,000
There will be larger increments and faster progression for staff in post but not yet at the top of their pay band – worth between 11.3% and 27.7%
Band overlaps will be removed to ensure promotion comes with a proper pay rise and to lessen the risk of equal pay challenges
Big improvements in starting salaries will help the NHS attract and retain new staff.
Tam Waterson, chair of Scottish Health Commitee said: “UNISON has led the way on NHS pay in Scotland, campaigning and lobbying around our Scrap the Cap and Pay Up Now campaigns.
“This is not a perfect deal and it does not go the full way to recovering the losses incurred by health workers – but it does put money in members’ pockets now and means that many will reach the agreed rate for the job faster than they would have done without the current pay arrangements.”
This is the first year UNISON and other health unions have submitted a pay claim direct to the Scottish Government.
UNISON is now calling on the Scottish Government to officially leave the UK’s NHS Pay Review Body and set up formal structures to negotiate directly with NHS unions in Scotland from now on,
The UK’s NHS Pay Review Body negotiates with health unions on pay on behalf of the NHS across the UK. UNISON believes members have lost trust in NHS Pay Review Body and don’t think it listens to their concerns.