In response to Scottish Government statement in yesterday’s (Wednesday) media, Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland’s head of health said: “We are pleased to hear Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman wants to continue talks on re-opening this years pay deal. But let’s not confuse this current pay deal with next years. We need to get money into the pockets of hard working NHS staff this year. Jeane Freeman and Nicola Sturgeon have already pledged to do this as soon as possible. Hard working NHS staff will not accept next years pay award to fund the reopener this year. The Scottish Government need to commit to sorting pay out now and not use potential discussions on pay 2021 as a smokescreen. NHS staff are undergoing extra cost now and are feeling the pinch this year. We need to get round the table to discuss re-opening this years pay deal”
UNISON is the largest trade union in health in Scotland and the UK.
UNISON Scotland will be balloting members for industrial action: https://www.unison-scotland.org/nhs-workers-to-hold-consultative-ballot-on-pay-after-talks-break-down-says-unison/
Scottish Government statement yesterday
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “The Scottish Government remains absolutely committed to delivering the fairest pay deal possible for health staff. It is disappointing to hear that Unison intend to proceed with a vote on a consultative ballot before negotiations have even begun. Talks have not broken down and we remain in active discussions with all parties, and have been meeting frequently to conclude a negotiating mandate in order that a formal pay negotiation can begin. The Cabinet Secretary for Health has reaffirmed her commitment to expedite negotiations and to consider bringing forward the agreed pay settlement to an earlier juncture if it is possible to conclude negotiations before the start of the new financial year.”
UNISON Scotland contacts
Willie Duffy: 07904 342 129
Danny Phillips: 07944 664 110