Unison accepts Scotland’s 4% pay offer and calls for it to be implemented as ‘soon as possible’

It comes on top of a £500 “thank-you payment” for health and care workers in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic.

Matt Bodell
12 May 2021
Nurses on strike

Unison was the only union to recommend its members accepted the deal.

Unison members in Scotland have voted to accept a recent 4% pay offer, according to the union.


Almost 50,000 Unison members were balloted and 35% voted – with 84% voting to accept the pay deal.

Under the deal, those on pay bands of 1 to 4 would receive a flat uplift of £1,009, band 5 to 7 would receive a 4% pay increase, bands 8a to 8c would receive 2% pay increase, and bands 8d and 9 would receive a flat uplift of £800.

It comes on top of a £500 “thank-you payment” for health and care workers in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic.

GMB alongside the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) advised their members rejected the proposal after it fell significantly short of the 12.5% to 15% they were calling for. Unison was the only nursing union that recommended their members accepted the deal.


Following the results, Unison has called upon Scotland’s cabinet secretary for health to implement the pay deal as soon as possible.

A fair rise.

Responding to the vote, UNISON’s head of health Willie Duffy, said: “This pay rise represents a fair increase for our members and means the majority of our NHS staff will receive a pay increase of at least 4%, which will be backdated to December.

“The fact that 84% of those who took part in the ballot voted in favour of the pay offer shows how much this pay increase means to our members. Scotland’s health workers go above and beyond to keep our NHS services running – not just during the pandemic but each and every day – and we’re delighted to have secured them a fair pay increase.”

Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON’s health committee, said: “Through our negotiating and campaigning, UNISON managed to bring talks with the Scottish Government forward from June to March. We negotiated a fair offer that is weighted towards the lowest paid workers in the NHS.


“UNISON Scotland’s health committee recommended acceptance of this pay offer and our members overwhelmingly agreed. We will now be writing to the new health secretary to ask that the pay deal is implemented without delay.”

The Royal College of Nursing is expected to declare its result within the next 24 hours.

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