UNISON reaches agreement with the Welsh Government on NHS pay

UNISON Cymru/Wales has today (20 November 2014) reached an agreement with the Welsh Government and NHS Wales employers regarding NHS pay. The agreement reached includes a one-off non-consolidated payment of £187 pro rata, a 1% pay uplift from April 2015, and the implementation of the Living Wage for all Agenda for Change staff across all health boards in Wales.

Dawn Bowden, UNISON Wales head of health said:

“Taking strike action is always a last resort for our members.

“The settlement is an improvement on the previous offer and we welcome achieving the Living Wage for our lowest paid members.

‘This has been a difficult process for all involved, particularly given the challenging financial climate that we are in as a result of the UK Government’s continued austerity programme.

“Clearly this agreement does not make up for the real term loss that NHS workers have suffered in recent years, but we hope we can build on this settlement in the future.”