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Unite rejects three-year nurse pay deal

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The third largest union in the NHS has officially rejected the three-year pay deal for nurses and other healthcare staff.
Unite’s health committee unanimously rejected the 7.99% deal and called for further negotiations to get a better deal.

It also called for the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB), which ever year recommends most non-medical pay rises across the health service, to be strengthened.

Unite Head of Health, Kevin Coyne said: ‘We can’t be tied to a three-year deal, given the future uncertainties in the economy and the inflationary pressures that our hard-working members are experiencing on a daily basis.’

Earlier this month, NHS chief executive David Nicholson warned in a letter to managers that the 2.75% recommended by the PRB this year could be staged if the multi-year deal is rejected.
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