A consultation has begun today for members of the Royal College of Nursing working in the NHS in Scotland to vote on the three-year pay deal.
Under the proposed deal, the majority of NHS staff in Scotland will receive a 9% increase over three years.
- Scottish NHS staff offered 9% pay rise over next three years
- Scottish and Welsh ministers pledge to invest in NHS staff pay
If accepted, all NHS Scotland staff earning under £80,000 will receive a 3% pay rise for this year backdated to 1 April 2018, with a payment of £1,600 for staff earning more than £80,000.
There will also be restructuring of existing pay bands with a reduction in the number of pay points.
In addition, it includes a commitment for further negotiations between the unions, employers and Scottish government on four areas of reform to terms and conditions.
RCN members are being asked to have their say on whether to accept or reject the deal in an online consultation open until 15 August.
The NHS pay in Scotland website has been set up to provide NHS staff with the information they need on the pay proposals and includes a pay calculator.
“It is vital that members take part in this consultation and give us their views”
Commenting on the consultation, RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe highlighted the role of union members of campaigning for better pay for staff on the Agenda for Change contract.
“Members across Scotland came out in force to take part in our Scrap the Cap campaign and the Scottish government heard their call for an end to the years of austerity,” she said.
“Now it’s time for them to have their say on pay once again,” she said. “We believe the proposed deal is the best that can be achieved in the current economic climate.”
Ms Fyffe added: “It is vital that members take part in this consultation and give us their views.”
The results of the online vote will be presented to the RCN Trade Union Committee and the RCN Scotland board, which will make the final decision about the pay deal for the RCN.
Meanwhile, Unison Scotland’s ballot will open on 16 July and close on 14 August 2018.
The Scottish deal is in contrast to the 6.5% three-year deals agreed in England and due to be consulted on in Wales.