Unions have unilaterally rejected any proposal to freeze pay increments in an official response to NHS Employers.
The organisation had proposed to freeze increments for all staff in return for a pledge not to impose compulsory redundancies on those in Agenda for Change bands 1-6 for two years.
The formal decision to reject the offer was made following an NHS staff council meeting last week.
Unions also agreed they would not support any future proposal that involved freezing incremental pay.
Unite national officer for health Karen Reay said: “Our members are completely opposed to these poisonous proposals that employers have no power to guarantee in any case.”
Local union representatives have been told to “resist any attempt to unilaterally impose reductions in pay terms and conditions”.
Unison senior national officer Mike Jackson said: “We made it very clear to [NHS] Employers that we want trade unions to work with local trusts to reduce inefficiencies, but we don’t believe this should be done by cutting staff terms and conditions.”