The government has made a paid offer, following days of intensive talks with the Secretary of State for Health,
GMB union is happy to announce.
The result is a big win for members.
The details of the offer are –
- A non-consolidated increase on 2022/23 pay of 2% for everyone and an additional 4% of the pay bill which will be a covid recovery bonus and shared across the pay bands. See the table at the bottom of this email. This is in addition to the money already received in 2022/23 (£1,400 for all, enhanced to 4% for top of Band 6 and all of Band 7).
- A 5% increase for 2023/24 pay for all, enhanced to 10.4% for Bands 1-2 to ensure they are lifted clear of the Real Living Wage.
- New money to pay for both 2022/23 and 2023/24 increases and not from existing health budgets.
- A range of non pay issues, including career development and support, job evaluation, tackling violence and aggression, staffing levels, plus more.
This is a very significant offer and marks a major step forward for GMB members.
As recently as the start of this month, the Government were saying 2022/23 pay was locked away, buried deep down, and would not be reopened. But, because GMB ambulance workers and NHS staff stood strong, they have been forced to change.
The same applies for 2023/24 pay, where the original budget was for a 2% increase.
And, we have consistently campaigned for an end to the situation where NHS spine points were below the Real Living Wage. In fact in recent years, they had fallen below the National Living Wage. We have secured an offer this year to lift the lowest paid above the Real Living Wage.
We have made major advances and are recommending acceptance of this offer.
All member ballots will now follow and are expected to run throughout April. You will receive more details in the coming days.
GMB members in Wales will receive further communication as separate negotiations with the Welsh Government are ongoing.
This is a big moment and would not have happened without your strength and commitment.