Unison in Wales has announced that it has decided to suspend industrial action by its NHS members planned for next week, after ministers put forward fresh proposals on pay.
Members of the union in Wales were due to strike on Monday 10 November, from 8.30am to 12 noon, followed by four days of working to rule.
A statement issued by Unison on Thursday said the union had opted to consult with its members on new proposals put forward by the Welsh Government.
These new proposals are a significant improvement for our members and the result of weeks of tough negotiations”
Details of the new proposals have not been revealed, but have been described by Unison as a “significant improvement” on those previously tabled by the government.
In July, ministers had refused the blanket 1% pay increase recommended by the NHS Pay Review Body. Instead, they said all nursing staff on Agenda for Change contracts would get a one-off payment of £160 while those not at the top of pay bands would still receive incremental rises.
Dawn Bowden, Unison head of health in Wales, said: “These new proposals are a significant improvement for our members and the result of weeks of tough negotiations with the Welsh Government.
“It is right that our NHS members now have a say and we will consult our members on the new proposals,” she said.
“Our priority continues to be to maintain jobs at the frontline of NHS Wales against a backdrop of severe cuts to our budget”
The move was welcomed by the Welsh Government. A spokesman said: “These discussions have shown the progress we can make together when good industrial relations are maintained.
“We await the result of the consultation, which we hope will deliver a positive response,” he said. “Our priority continues to be to maintain jobs at the frontline of NHS Wales against a backdrop of severe cuts to our budget.”
Unison members had voted “overwhelmingly” in support of industrial action, with 77% of the 5,715 turnout agreeing to a strike and 90% in favour of action short of strike action.
Meanwhile, union members in England are set to stage a second four-hour walk out from 7am until 11am on Monday 24 November. It will be followed by working-to-rule till Sunday 30 November.
A total of 11 trade unions will take part in the strike, including Unison, Unite and the Royal College of Midwives. It follows an initial strike on 13 October by eight unions.