Over the past week UNISON – with Scotland’s other health trade unions – has been in formal pay negotiations for Agenda for Change staff with the Scottish Government and NHS employers. Negotiations have concluded as the Scottish government enters the pre-election period and an offer has been made.
UNISON have circulated this offer to UNISON health branches across Scotland. Tomorrow (Friday) UNISON Scotland’s Health Committee will agree the process for consulting UNISON members.
Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland Head of Health said: “After weeks of negotiations we have now received a serious offer for a deal backdated to the 1 December 2020 from the Scottish government. This is a final offer as a result of the forthcoming election. Tomorrow (Friday 26 March) UNISON Scotland Health Committee will agree how we consult UNISON members.
This past year has highlighted the dedication, skill and sacrifices that all NHS staff make. Their contribution must be recognised in their pay packets. It was simply not good enough to push negotiations to the summer and blame the UK Government for the delay so we are pleased to have made significant progress in these pay talks. However, the final decision on whether to accept this offer lies with UNISON members and we look forward to consulting them in the coming weeks.”
- Willie Duffy, head of health, 07904342129
- Tom Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee: 07753 627 575
- Danny Phillips, communications officer, 07944 664110 firstname.lastname@example.org