NHS – 94% of UNISON members have voted to accept a pay deal

 
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“In this video Lilian Macer UNISON Scotland convener and Tam Waterson Chair of the Scottish Health Committee explain why we now want to negotiate on pay direct with the Scottish Government and not the UK NHS Pay Review Board. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health union, is calling on the Scottish Government to set up formal structures to negotiate direct with NHS unions in Scotland, and officially leave the UK’s NHS Pay Review Body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKX5MQwrOok

“Video produced by Walter Gaffney, UNISON Communications Committee Activist, for UNISON Scotland”.

This call came after NHS members voted to accept a new three year pay deal direct with the Scottish Government on 17 August 2018. This was after years of being given 1% pay rises from through UK’s NHS Pay Review Body. This was the first year UNISON Scotland had negotiated directly with Scottish Government.

The UK’s NHS Pay Review Body negotiates with health unions on pay on behalf of the NHS across the UK. UNISON members do not believe that the NHS Pay Review Body listens to their concerns. It has been calling on the Scottish Government to set up pay negotiating structures directly with unions in Scotland.

Thomas Waterson, chair of the UNISON Health Committee said: “Today I am pleased to announce that 94% of UNISON members have voted to accept a pay deal which will put an additional £400m into NHS workers pay packets in Scotland. This deal delivers real increases of between 3 and 27% for NHS workers in Scotland. The strong endorsement by UNISON members makes it clear that we do not need to wait cap in hand for the Pay Review Body. This institution as it stands is dead in the water.

Eighteen months ago some people said that we couldn’t negotiate a separate pay deal for NHS workers in Scotland. Then they said that we couldn’t negotiate a better deal for Scotland. The Scottish Government should commit now to develop negotiating structures in Scotland and allow us to self determine on pay.”

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland Head of Health said: “This is a good result for UNISON members and I am happy that across Scotland we reached out to and engaged with the vast majority of our members. Their decision is a ringing endorsement of the offer.”

UNISON was the only major union in NHS Scotland to recommend the deal to members and has engaged in a month long consultation process across Scotland.

The union consulted almost 60,000 NHS workers in Scotland in a four week ballot.

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To let you know that the 2019 UNISON Dumfries and Galloway Branch AGM will take place on the 27th February in the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries at 5pm.
We are seeking, nominations for Branch Officers and Stewards posts and Branch motions. The relevant forms are available from the Branch office or website. Motions should be received by the 4th of February 2019 and nominations for branch positions should be received by the 20th of February 2019.
Members requiring crèche facilities should contact the Branch Office no later than Monday, the 13th of February 2019. The crèche is only available to members who have made arrangements in advance. Any carers allowance must also be requested before the meeting.
A good attendance at the Annual General Meeting is essential to the running of the Branch. We would be grateful if you could make every effort to attend, please encourage your colleagues as well to ensure that the Branch is able elect its officers and have structures in place to support our members.
Full details of the agenda, motions, etc. will be placed on the branch website. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us.
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So what is the new pay off you may ask !!!

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.
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So what is the new pay off you may ask !!! 

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.