Unite: members to decide if pay rise offer in Scotland is enough

15 April 2021

Unite has responded to the Scottish Government’s pay offer of 4% across the board for all NHS workers (end of March).

Unite recognises the offer will ‘put money into the pockets of members’, but also says that any monthly pay uplift will vary considerably between individuals. Unite has therefore put the offer to members without recommendation.

The Scottish Government has said that the pay rise, if accepted, would ensure that staff on pay bands 1 to 7 would receive at least a 4% pay rise compared to 2020/21. 

Unite explained that the offer includes an opportunity to revisit any settlement, including an intention by the Scottish Government to allocate additional funding through Barnett Consequentials – the change to a devolved administration’s assigned budget as a consequence of changes in spending in England. 

The union has stated they will demand that any additional payment made to the Scottish Government by Westminster through this formula, is passed on to members.

Responding to the offer, Unite regional officer James O’Connell said: ‘Workers across the NHS have been described as “heroic’” in what has been an exceptionally challenging year. 

‘Now is the time to reward those workers with the pay uplift they deserve, not just for their work during the Covid pandemic, but also for the pay cuts they have endured through years of austerity.’

On putting the government’s pay rise offer to members he said: ‘It is down to them [members] how they respond to this offer. Is it enough? That is for them to decide. 

‘For Unite, other pay potential remains on the table in the form of additional Barnett Consequentials and we will pursue any additional pay that is intended for our members through further negotiation with any future Scottish Government.’

Unite started balloting members on the offer earlier this week (Monday 12 April). The ballot will run until 7 May, and the result will be announced 12 May.

If you have not received your link to the online ballot, Unite advises members to contact their local Unite Scottish office.

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