UNISON Scotland achieves agreement from health secretary to pay rise for NHS workers 

Scotland’s dedicated NHS workers are set to get a pay increase following a positive meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Health Jeane Freeman, says UNISON.

UNISON, the largest union for NHS workers, met with the health secretary yesterday (Tuesday) to call for the reopening of the present three-year pay deal and to agree a fair pay rise for workers this year.

Tom Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee, said: “We’re pleased the health secretary has listened to our members and has recognised the need for them to be paid fairly for the essential work they do. The applause and kind words shown during the difficult days of the pandemic were a huge source of comfort to NHS staff, but it’s only right that the government now shows its appreciation in a different way.

“Our NHS staff are just ordinary people who have been thrust into an extraordinary situation. Proper recognition and pay to match it is the least the government can do to show they value the hard work and dedication of our NHS workers, not just during the pandemic but each and every day.”

Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland’s head of health, said: “Since the start of this pandemic, our NHS workers have shown immense dedication, commitment and compassion and it is time they are fairly rewarded.

“We’re pleased the health secretary has agreed to reopen the present three-year pay deal and reward our NHS staff with a pay rise this year. We hope to move forward quickly to ensure we get pay into the pockets of our hard-working, dedicated NHS workers.”


Notes to editors:

The current three-year pay deal runs until April 2021.