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Scotland: NHS pay deal will be matched

Scottish NHS workers will see their pay boosted at least as much as their counterparts south of the border if the UK Government’s new pay deal is accepted Staff Side.

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The pay rise of at least 6.5% over three years – which could be as high as 29% for some – will be passed on to staff in Scotland, the Scottish health secretary Shona Robison has confirmed.

Staff affected include nurses, midwives, paramedics, scientists, porters and cleaners. Higher-paid workers, such as consultants and senior managers, are covered by separate agreements.

Robison said the lowest-paid staff in Scotland are already paid more because of the Scottish Government’s commitment to pay the National Living Wage to all employees. But she said all staff covered by the agreement ‘will be paid at least as much as their counterparts in other parts of the UK’.

Negotiations between government and Staff-Side unions in Scotland will start in the coming weeks, after which any offer will be put to a member ballot.

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