Nurses get CASH TONIC: 6.5% pay boost for NHS workers

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The deal will see all nursing staff working for the NHS in England get a pay rise of at least 6.5% over three years, with a 3% increase in the first year.

"Most importantly, the extra funding means the pay rise won't be at the expense of services or patient care", she said.

'There is much work left to do to recover what has been lost during nearly a decade of pay restraint and we will continue to make that case, as well as the broader issues on funding and workforce pressures in the NHS.

Following a six-week consultation with members, 77% of trade unions accepted the proposed pay deal which will be in members' pay packets at the end of July and be backdated to 1 April.

The agreement, which follows months of negotiation, will be covered by an extra £4.2billion of government funding. "The care sector already suffers from high staff turnover and so pay there must be boosted if we are to prevent a nursing exodus for better paid jobs in hospitals and the community".

'This agreement gives NHS staff in England long overdue recognition of the enormous contribution they have made in recent years under huge pressure.

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Hospital caterers, porters, administrators and other staff on the lowest grades will receive a wage rise of more than £2,000 this year - an 11%-13% increase.

Josie Irwin, of the Royal College of Nursing, said the unions were able to get a good deal because they stuck together.

GMB officials will meet next week to decide their next move after members rejected the deal by nearly 9-1. Unison is backing the pay deal after 84% of its members voted in favour (from a turnout of 30%), with Unite also giving the proposals their support after a 79% vote in favour from their NHS members (from a turnout of 27%).

"It is also important that, apart from this significant pay increase, we successfully fended off employer attempts to reduce unsocial hours payments and annual leave".

Having announced the vote, RCN chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies said: 'We will turn our campaigning fire on getting this pay rise extended to nursing staff in other parts of the NHS and social care too. "Salaries will increase from between 6.5 per cent and 29 per cent, with some of the biggest increases for the lowest paid".

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