08 April 2008
Health Unions React to NHS Pay Offer
Health unions representing healthcare scientists, health visitors, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, chaplains, mental health nurses, skilled support staff in maintenance and estates, midwives, physiotherapists, radiographers, chiropodists, orthoptists, dieticians and clinical scientists have issued the following statement in response to a multi-year pay offer for NHS staff:
“We would accept the NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendation of 2.75% on NHS staff pay for 2008/9 because of our commitment to the independent pay review body process. However the proposed offer of 2.4% and 2.25% for years 2 and 3 after the PRB recommendation gives us great cause for concern as the current uncertain economic situation leads us to believe that it would not meet our members’ expectations and would represent a real terms pay cut for our members.”
The following unions are signatories to this statement: UNITE; Royal College of Midwives, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; Society of Radiographers; Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists; British Orthoptic Society; British Dietetic Association; and the Federation of Clinical Scientists.
For more information contact the RCM Press Office on 020 7312 3432.
Notes to editors
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) aims to promote and advance the profession of the midwife. The RCM represents 37,000 midwives and over 95% of the UK's midwives and is one of the world's oldest and one of the largest midwifery organisations, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006. It is also a trade union. For more information visit the RCM website at www.rcm.org.uk.