UNISON has secured another significant breakthrough in the unions attempts to eradicate low pay in the public sector after NHS bosses agreed to undertake a review of the roles and responsibilities of staff on Agenda for Change pay Band 1.
Whilst the terms of the agreement are still being worked out, the basic principle is that every Health Board, including NHS Orkney, will work with UNISON and other unions locally to review all Band 1 job descriptions and that every opportunity will be taken to expand these to secure a real pay uplift for the lowest paid workers in the NHS.
The agreement which has backing at a political level will ensure that an all band 1 staff who wish to transfer to these extended roles will do so by 1st October, 2016 and will see UNISON members increase from £15,358 to £18,103 after progression and pay uplifts.
The deal which has been negotiated by UNISON will deliver real increases in pay for almost 8000 workers across NHS Scotland
Branch Secretary Karen Spence said, “Once again we’ve shown that UNISON delivers on low pay, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do to ensure that everyone who wants a Band 2 secures the right job description and that for the very small number of people who don’t want a Band 2, that we understand their concerns and protect their position.
It’s important that UNISON members keep up to date with these developments as they progress and we will be in regular contact over the next few months.”