Unions seek 4% pay rise for NHS staff
HEALTH unions yesterday demanded an inflation-busting pay rise worth nearly four per cent for more than a million NHS workers.
They also called for an £800 one-off payment as compensation for reduced rises over the past seven because of the cap on public sector pay.
The demand follows a Downing Street announcement earlier this week that the cap is to be abandoned from next year with police officers getting a two per cent rise.
Leaders of 14 unions and professional associations including Unison and the Royal College of Nursing wrote to Chancellor Philip Hammond to submit the pay claim.
They demanded increases in line with the Retail Price Index, which stands at 3.9 per cent. Ministers prefer to use the Consumer Prices Index, which reached 2.9 per cent last month.
NHS workers from cleaners and porters to radiographers and midwives had suffered “real-terms pay cuts of around 15 per cent” because of the Government’s “harsh pay policies”, the letter said.
But employers’ representative Niall Dickson said any rise must be funded by extra cash from the taxpayer.
A Government spokesman pledged that any settlement would be fair but affordable.