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Pay Cartel publishes recommendations

Posted: 1 March 2013 by Rebecca Grant

Recommendations published by the South West Pay Cartel’s terms and conditions consortium have failed to take into consideration all aspects of the NHS, the RCM has said.

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Although the recommendation document recognises the fact that the NHS Staff Council agreed to amend Agenda for Change in England to ensure the sustainability of national pay, terms and conditions, the RCM said that it falls short on making recommendations regarding remuneration packages for chief executives and senior managers.

It was also disappointed that the recommendations only focus on savings that can be made through reducing pay, terms and conditions rather than looking at the service as a whole.

Following a major campaign by the RCM and other NHS Trade Unions, regional pay has been rejected as a way forward.
Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: ‘In our consultation on the proposed changes to Agenda for Change, midwives voted in overwhelming numbers to accept the changes on the basis that acceptance would help to secure UK-wide bargaining in the NHS. It would also fend off the threat to local pay and conditions.

‘We understand that the employers who have joined the South West Cartel accept those changes, too, and will work with local staff side representatives to implement the nationally agreed changes.’

He added that, in the aftermath of the Francis report, more should be spent on ensuring the NHS has enough motivated midwives and other staff members to provide better and more compassionate care.