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Unions ask for pay rise for nurses

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Unison is to call for a revision of the 8% three year pay deal for nurses because of the soaring cost of living.

The move from the union’s health executive will mean that it and other staff side organisations will begin gathering evidence for the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB), which covers nurses and most non-medical staff.

Then, the PRB will make a decision as to whether a pay rise is needed and can make recommendation to the government.

However the ruling of the PRB is not legally binding and ultimately the government will make the final decision about whether or not nurses and their colleagues will receive a pay rise.

Karen Jennings, Unison’s head of health, said: ‘Nurses and other health workers are already struggling to cope with almost daily increases in the cost of basic necessities such a food and energy.

‘The re-opener clause was central to this year’s multi-year pay talks because it provided a much-needed safety net against just this situation.

‘We will be gathering evidence to present to the independent Pay Review Body to show that there have been significant changes since the deal was negotiated in the spring.

'Our members reluctantly accepted 2.75% this year but the 2.54% and 2.5% increases negotiated for the next two years now fall well short of all expected inflation figures.’

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  • At last some sense! This ridiculous three year pay deal is well below inflation and I, like most other nurses, am really feeling the pinch of above inflation rises on essential items like gas, electricity, food etc....
    Please just offer us a fair deal so we at least keep up with these crazy price rises!!!

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  • There's nothing like shutting the door once the horse has bolted. UNISON leaders let us down with the three year pay deal and now they are trying to act tough with the government again. It is the same every year. At least the local government sector have got themselves organised and are fighting for what they believe in. I will be amazed if the government change the deal.

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