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Morale to be factor in 2008 pay deal

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Nurse morale in the wake of this year’s staged pay award will be used as evidence for deciding next year’s award, NT has learnt.

Unions are preparing this week to give evidence to the independent pay review body (PRB), which for the first time will decide the award for all staff on Agenda for Change contracts.

It will include findings from a survey on staff morale and violence against health service staff, negotiators have told NT.

Mike Jackson, Unison lead negotiator on pay, said: ‘The joint evidence to the PRB will include strong arguments to support an above inflation pay increase for next year.

‘The evidence points to a worsening of staff morale and an increased workload for staff,’ he said.

Chancellor Alistair Darling has, however, set out his intention to keep public sector pay rises below 2% in the Comprehensive Spending Review, published in early October.

But Gareth Phillips, RCN council member for Wales, claimed any attempt to stage or cap the review by ministers would precipitate industrial action from nurses.

‘We would be looking at guaranteed industrial action,’ he warned.

Read more in this week’s NT.

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