It is time to return to free collective bargaining in the NHS where workers have the freedom to negotiate directly with NHS employers says GMB Scotland.
GMB Scotland has commented on the Scottish Government's acceptance of the NHS Pay Review Body's recommendation for 2016.
The recommendation will see a 1% increase in pay, staff earning under £22,000 receiving a £400 annual increase and a commitment to continuing with the Living Wage.
Karen Leonard, GMB Scotland Lead Organiser for NHS said "GMB Scotland welcomes the continuation of the Living Wage for GMB members in NHS Scotland. However, those receiving the 1% offer and possibly those receiving the £400 increase per annum will, contrary to what Shona Robison MSP says, see a drop in their take home pay. This has been the case over the last few years due to changes in pension contributions and national insurance payments outstripping the increase in pay.
Ms Robison claims this is a modest increase; modest is not good enough for the hard working and dedicated NHS staff in Scotland and to see them go home with less pay is an insult.
GMB Scotland believes the current Pay Review Body simply endorses government pay policy. It is time to return to free collective bargaining in the NHS where workers have the freedom to negotiate directly with NHS employers and not only defend but increase the living standards of all NHS Scotland workers.”
Contact: Alex McLuckie on 07885 348269 or Karen Leonard on 07957 267831 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691