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GMB Reaction To NHS Pay Review

Friday, March 15, 2013

GMB Reaction to NHS pay review - real terms pay cut.

GMB, the union for health workers reacted to the NHS Pay Review Board issued its recommendations yesterday (Thursday 14th March) which in real terms is a cut.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer said, "The recommendations are disappointing, and wholly undermine the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's claim that pay restraint will support quality in the public services. The Pay Review Body recognise that an effective pay cut of 8% over the past three years has taken its toll on staff resilience and motivation. Far from protecting workers from the threat of redundancy, through its cuts this government have wielded the axe. Thousands of NHS workers have lost or are losing their jobs through direct redundancies that are taking place across the NHS. At a time when demand is at all time high the government continues to cut NHS funding - the only ones who can hope to benefit from this government are the companies who are helping them carve up the NHS.

Perhaps if the Chief Secretary to the Treasury depended on the NHS like the rest of us do then he would begin to understand how these attacks on NHS workers are having a real effect on the service and their ability to look after the nation's health".

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Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer 07841 181656 or Brain Strutton, GMB National Secretary on 07860 606137 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 020 7391 6755/56.

Notes to Editors

The NHS Pay Review Body 2013/14 Recommendations are:

• A 1% increase to all Agenda for Change (AfC) pay points from 1 April 2013.

• A 1% increase to the high cost area supplement (HCAS) minima and maxima from 1 April 2013.

The report outlined some of the following:

1) staff engagement and motivation is in decline as pressures are building, putting at risk staff goodwill and their willingness to contribute to necessary improvements.

2) A pay award of less than 1% would have an additional detrimental effect on staff motivation given expectations and the major challenges in the NHS.

NHS Pay Review Body were set a remit by the treasury which stated the following:

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (CST) wrote to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) on 24 September 2012 reiterated the UK Government's public sector pay policy. The CST stated that pay awards would average 1% for the two years following the pay freeze and set out how the UK Government intended that the PRB should approach the 2013/14 round. The UK Government believed that the case for continued pay restraint across the public sector remained strong. In relation to affordability, he said that pay restraint remained a crucial part of the consolidation plans helping to put the UK back onto the path of fiscal sustainability and that continued restraint in relation to public sector pay would help to protect jobs in the public sector and support the quality of public services.

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