Magazine article Public Finance

Optimism Breaks out in NHS Pay Negotiations

Magazine article Public Finance

Optimism Breaks out in NHS Pay Negotiations

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Health sector trade unions were this week expecting a breakthrough in negotiations with employers over an improved pay offer that could prevent strikes across the NHS.

As Public Finance went to press, Unison was awaiting confirmation from the Treasury of an improved offer, after NHS Employers and the union's leaders reached a provisional agreement during talks on July 30.

A Unison spokeswoman confirmed that the revised offer 'could placate the union's concerns over pay rises for low-paid staff'.

The union will ballot its members over whether to accept the deal.

However, it is not yet clear whether the improved offer would breach the Treasury's 2% cap on public sector pay rises.

The NHS's salary review body recommended a 2.5% average increase this year, but NHS Employers opted to stage pay rises in England, reducing the overall deal to 1.9%: below the Treasury's threshold. …

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