Unions seek 4% pay rise for NHS staff

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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.

Philip Hammond

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