Government negotiators told union representatives that more than one million health workers’ pay raises and bonuses would be funded from “additional investments” over the existing NHS budget. I understand.
As part of Thursday’s landmark rewards offering, written assurances from the government confirm that the transaction will [health] For both the 2022-2023 lump sum and the 2023-24 salary increase, see Department Budget.
The disclosure comes amid concerns that the government has yet to fully explain how it will cover the £4 billion costs of nurses, paramedics and other NHS staff.
Downing Street said a one-off payment to one million NHS workers in 2022-23 would represent “an additional investment of around £2.7bn” and wage increases in 2023-24 would be “around £1.3bn”. additional investment in
In the final stages of negotiations with the government, health unions demanded written assurances that salaries would not come from the existing, already strained NHS budget.
The government said in writing that there would be “additional investment in salaries for both years above the budget of the department”. I understand.
The letter read: “Funding arrangements have not been finalized, but please rest assured that there will be additional investment in both years’ salaries above the division’s budget.”
Health Secretary Steve Berkley will soon hold discussions with Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt on the exact funding plan.
Rachel Harrison, National Secretary of the GMB Union, said:
“We have proceeded in good faith on that basis. If that is no longer the case, it will be up to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health to explain, but the GMB believes that the health service has already been watered down. is clear.”
Downing Street suggests that non-NHS teachers, civil servants and other public sector workers who are on strike over wages are likely to get fewer contracts than nurses and ambulance staff.
Salary proposals agreed between health unions and ministers this week include a one-time payment split in two for this financial year. This is his unconsolidated lump sum payment of 2% of this year’s salary, plus a more generous ‘NHS backlog bonus’. At least £1,250 per worker, or he 4% or more of wages.
This is in addition to a 5% wage increase for the following financial year.
‘Salami slicing’ of offers for NHS staff for 2022-2023 will allow union insiders to negotiate slashed packages for teachers and civil servants during government negotiations to avoid strikes I am concerned that it may become like this. It can be argued that these workers are not facing the same pressures of the pandemic as nurses and ambulance staff.
Asked why the 2022-23 one-time payment has been split in two for NHS staff, a Downing Street spokesman said: Bonuses are very important for the NHS to recognize the pressures it has faced throughout the pandemic. ”
Asked if that meant other unions involved in strike activity would not be offered the package, a spokesman said: “I will not go into the details of the negotiations. I do not think it is right to do so. , each public sector workforce is unique and this salary offer for Agenda for Change staff is specific to the work they have done and, as I said, that bonus It’s clearly an NHS backlog bonus that uniquely reflects the work it has done throughout the pandemic.”
After six days of talks, the government and representatives of six health unions, including Unison, GMB and the Royal College of Nursing, reached a landmark agreement.
This offer is presented to members, including Unite, who do not endorse contracts but respect the results of their votes.