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Unions accept unsocial hours payments for nurses and NHS support staff

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UNIONS have voted in favour of new unsocial hours arrangements that will increase pay for senior nurses working nights.
The RCN, Unite and Unison have now accepted the new proposals following a consultation.

Under the new scheme, nurses above Agenda for Change band six will have unsocial hours payments calculated according to their basic salary.

Previous arrangements had capped unsocial hours payments for nurses above band seven, to the rate paid at the top of band six.

Gill Bellord, deputy director of NHS Employers said: 'We are delighted that the NHS trade unions have voted to accept the proposals for paying staff whose standard working week includes work in the evenings, early in the morning, at weekends, bank holidays and at night.'

The new payments will come into effect in most trusts on 1 April.
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