The government has announced a 3 per cent pay rise for all NHS staff in Cymru Wales.
Your UNISON Cymru Wales Health Committee says 3 per cent is unacceptable, because it falls far short of our One Team 2k claim. Specifically, the 3 per cent rise:
- does not increase pay by £2,000 for anyone other than staff in the highest bands
- stretches the gap between the highest and lowest paid in the NHS
- does not include those on the lowest pay point – Instead, they are expected to make do with the uplift of £391 added to their annual salary back in April when the Welsh government implemented the 2020/21 Living Wage Foundation rate.
UNISON’s online consultation of all affected members runs from Wednesday 11 August until Friday 17 September.
All eligible members in Cymru Wales will be sent an email with a secure link to cast their vote. The voting page has a full set of FAQs which explain what the government’s decision means and why UNISON is consulting members.
It’s important to hear the voice of every single healthcare member – whether the majority want to oppose the outcome and are willing to take part in industrial action to try and secure change. If enough members vote for this in the consultation, the next stage would be for the union to run a formal ballot.
Resources for activists
We are creating a full suite of resources to help branches, activists and organisers get out the vote and help make sure every member’s voice is heard in this consultation. Please watch this space as any new materials will be added here.
- Order leaflets and posters from the UNISON Shop
- Social media graphics, guidance and Zoom/Teams background
- Download the branch guide to the consultation
- PowerPoint for member meetings
The government’s decision
We have pointed out the more generous deal offered by the Scottish government and again asked for talks about improvements for Cymru/Wales. But, to date, Welsh government is not negotiating with us on the issue and plans to impose the 3% pay decision.
What members can do
It has never been more important for your contact details to be up to date. The most important information we need right now is your employer, email address, and mobile number. You can update your details at MyUNISON.