Unison, RCN and other health unions are set to consult members over the offer, the best on offer in the public sector, later this month. The proposals include headline rises of 2.75%, 2.4% and 2.25% over three years, with extra increases for band five nurses via Agenda for Change restructuring.
But an online poll of more than 2,400 NT readers found 71% said they did not want to accept the 8% offer and 75% were unhappy with the idea of a multi-year deal.
The government claimed the multi-year offer gave NHS staff ‘security’ and allowed them to plan ahead. Ministers have also pledged to renegotiate in future if ‘inflation is higher than expected’.
But many survey respondents said the deal was already well below the current rate of inflation, as well as expressing concern about the worsening financial climate. One respondent said: ‘The way inflation is going, and utility bills through the roof, it is not enough of a rise in real terms.’
‘The 8% sounds good but with the cost of everything else going up, in particular the cost of petrol, I feel we need more,’ said a second. Another added: ‘I need 8% now as I am worse off than three years ago.’
However, one respondent said: ‘This type of pay deal is probably the only one we will get.’
See this week’s NT, published tomorrow, for full analysis and more news on pay.