NHS Forth Valley union members go to ballot over four per cent pay deal

Unite the union is looking for its NHS members to decide whether the Scottish Government's pay offer of four per cent is good enough.

By James Trimble
Friday, 26th March 2021, 11:27 am

Unite which represents workers in every pay band across the entire NHS structure, stated it recognises, while this offer will put money into the pockets of its members, any monthly pay uplift will vary considerably between individuals.

For this reason the union is putting this offer before its members without any recommendation.James O’Connell, Unite regional officer, said: “Workers across the NHS have been described as ‘heroic’ in what has been an exceptionally challenging year. Now is the time to reward those workers with the pay uplift they deserve, not just for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for the pay cuts they have endured through years of austerity.

“This offer will be put to Unite members in the coming weeks. It is down to them how they respond to this offer. Is it enough? That is for them to decide. For Unite, other pay potential remains on the table in the form of additional Barnett Consequentials and we will pursue any additional pay that is intended for our members through further negotiation with any future Scottish Government.

Union Unite is calling on members - including staff working at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, to decide whether the Scottish Government's pay deal is sufficient

“We are also calling on Boris Johnston to stop talking up health workers on one hand while holding on to the millions he promised for the NHS during the Brexit campaign.”Unite stated it will ballot its members on the offer over the next few weeks.