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Reject 'Jam tomorrow' NHS Pay Offer

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

GMB RECOMMENDS MEMBERS REJECT ‘JAM TOMORROW’ NHS PAY OFFER

For long-serving NHS workers a 6.5% increase over three years actually means a real terms pay cut  with inflation set to hit 9.6% during same period says GMB

GMB, the union for NHS staff, will recommend members reject a new pay deal.

The deal, an average of 6.5% over three years, will mean a real terms pay cut for the most loyal, longest-serving NHS workers

The OBR forecasts that RPI inflation is set to increase by 9.6% over the next three years. [1]

Since 2010, paramedics have lost an average of over £14,000, midwives £18,000 and staff nurse £14,500 thanks to the Government’s cruel and unnecessary pay cap. [2]

GMB cannot recommend members sign up for yet more pay cuts.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

"Jeremy Hunt's promise of jam tomorrow is simply not good enough for NHS workers who, during the past eight years, have faced the biggest pay pinch in living memory .

“Long-serving, dedicated health service workers have had thousands of pounds swiped from their pay packets since 2010 by the Government’s cruel and unnecessary pay cap.

“After all that suffering is a below inflation pay rise the best they can offer?

“If it is, GMB will have to recommend that our members in NHS and Ambulance Trusts reject it.

“Since 2010, paramedics have lost an average of over £14,000, midwives £18,000 and staff nurse £14,500. [2]

“This deal won’t allow them to claw any of that cash back – in fact, for longer serving, most loyal NHS workers the 6.5% increase over three years actually means a real terms pay cut.

“This deal doesn’t put things right and continues to punish those who have endured the pinch on pay.

“It does nothing to address the recruitment and retention crisis that is driving workers from our NHS and has left 100,000 positions unfilled.

"And it leaves the door being opened to new employees in the NHS being employed on worse terms and conditions than existing health service workers through third party shell companies is deeply troubling.”

ENDS

Contact:  GMB Press Office on 07958 156846  or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] The OBR forecasts that inflation will increase by 9.6% cumulatively over the next three years.

 

Index - year zero = 100

RPI

Year zero

100

 

Year one

103.4

3.4

Year two

106.5

3

Year three

109.6

2.9

Three year increase

9.6%

 


OBR, Economic and Fiscal Outlook, 13 March 2018, table 3:10, page 83 http://obr.uk/download/economic-and-fiscal-outlook-march-2018/

Inflation forecasts are for the calendar years 2018, 2019, and 2020.

[2] For further information see www.paypinch.org

 

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