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The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust

Midlands trust agrees living wage pay rise for over 450 staff

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A West Midlands acute trust is to increase salaries for its lowest paid staff to ensure they earn the living wage.

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust made the decision last month to increase the pay of 458 staff who currently earn below the living wage. The move will cost the trust £88,000 a year.

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The change follows representations to the trust by unions. The staff will receive an increase in their hourly rate from £7.72 an hour to £7.85 an hour from 1 August. Trust board members have unanimously supported the increase.

It comes amid mounting pressure from unions for the NHS to increase wages for the lowest paid, after the Department of Health and unions agreed a deal to end a pay dispute between unions and the government earlier this year.

Under the deal a consolidated, or pensionable, 1% pay rise was paid for all staff up to band 8B on the Agenda for Change pay framework. It replaced the 1% non-consolidated pay rise in 2014-15, which came to an end on 31 March.

The deal, covering 1.1 million NHS staff, also includes an additional £200 consolidated payment for lower paid staff on pay points 3-8 within bands 1 and 2. The bottom pay point was scrapped and pay point 2 was increased to £15,100.

Earlier this month, chancellor George Osborne angered NHS unions by announcing four more years of pay restraint in the public sector as part of the Budget.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Good news for these workers but many are still paying less than the living wage and with ever looming cuts to unsocial pay I'm sure many will vote with their feet and walk away from the NHS

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  • This Trust Board is to be applauded, but I thought the Unions are against local pay in principle? Is this not a move away from A4C, that could have untoward consequences down the line?

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