4% pay offer rejected by GMB members in Scotland

The rise would have been on top of a £500 “thank-you payment” for health and care workers in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic.

Ian Snug
11 May 2021
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The proposed rise would have been backdated to December 2020.

A 4% pay offer has been rejected by GMB members in Scotland, the union has announced.

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Under the proposed 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.

The proposed rise would have been backdated to December 2020.

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 union that recommended their members accepted the deal.

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Announcing the deal, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said; “Politics is about choices, and the SNP chooses to back our NHS.

“We have to do more than clap for the people who look after us – we should give them fair pay for the work they do. That starts with a fair deal for our NHS staff.”

A clear message.

Scotland’s NHS workers are already paid more than their counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland after they accepted a 9% pay deal in 2018. 

GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith told the Daily Record today; “After a wretched year on the frontline of the covid pandemic, our NHS members have sent a clear message to the Scottish Government with this overwhelming rejection: “We’re worth more.”

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“We warned the previous health secretary that four per cent wouldn’t go far enough, that it wouldn’t restore the damage done to pay and conditions after a decade of disastrous political austerity.

“Nurses have lost over to £5,000 on the real-terms value of their pay since 2011, and paramedics over £6,000.

“These are huge sums of money and the existing offer doesn’t come close to restoring what’s been lost for these workers.

“Applause doesn’t pay the bills. That’s why we are asking the First Minister to listen to our members and to re-open pay talks with a view to bringing forward an improved offer for our NHS heroes.”

An announcement is expected from Unison and the RCN in the coming days.

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