Dear UNISON healthcare member
Since Jeremy Hunt’s announcement last month that he plans to ignore the NHS Pay Review Body and give you no pay increase for the next two years unless you are at the top of your pay band,you’ve been telling the union what you think. We know you feel that this is:
- Unfair to the majority of NHS staff in England who will get nothing at all to help you cope with costs that have gone up by around 10% since 2010
- Unfair to those at the top of your bands who will receive only a small cash sum and will still be on 2013 pay in 2016
- Unfair to the thousands of healthcare staff living on poverty pay while working in our health service
- Unfair to all of us who count on a high quality NHS being there when we need it.
As your General Secretary, I want you to know that it is not acceptable for the Government to treat you this way. You and the people you care for are worth more.
Next week, at the union’s Health Conference in Brighton, your representatives will agree how the union will respond to this pay announcement. Now is the time to make sure they know what you think about it. If you haven’t already responded to your branch, I’d be grateful if you could spend just a couple of minutes finding out what this latest pay cut means for you and responding to our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/62VY5JP
Your union is determined to campaign against this decision and for fair pay for all NHS staff. I hope you will play a full part in this campaign, as we are stronger together.
Dave Prentis, General Secretary