A pay offer covering the next three years is being put to health workers this month. The national leadership of UNISON is completely split on whether it should be accepted or rejected. Workers’ Liberty supporters are convinced we should reject the offer. We also believe that industrial action is possible and we can win.
The three year deal offers pay rises worth just 2.75% this year, 2.4% next year and 2.25% in the third year. The lowest measure of inflation is 3% so the offer is effectively a pay cut.
UNISON head of health Karen Jennings said after last year’s pay deal that health workers would not accept another below inflation rise this year.
Health workers will gain nothing by agreeing to a three-year deal now. The government would be very happy to freeze our pay as the economy is very volatile, and they’d also be able to go into the next General Election having avoided a pay dispute in the NHS. Creating a low paid and compliant workforce will allow them to attract more private firms to takeover health services. For health workers the choice should be clear if we don’t fight now, the next time we’ll have the chance to improve our pay might be under a Tory government! Reject the offer: say no to three years of pay cuts!