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The multi-year proposed agreement. Contents: Context Negotiations The agreement UNISON policy. Context (1) 2007/8 pay settlement UNISON health conference policy: Abolition of band 1 Flat rate increases for low paid workers Reduction in incremental points Reduction in working week

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The multi-year proposed agreement

  • Contents:

    • Context

    • Negotiations

    • The agreement

    • UNISON policy


  • Context (1)

  • 2007/8 pay settlement

  • UNISON health conference policy:

    • Abolition of band 1

    • Flat rate increases for low paid workers

    • Reduction in incremental points

    • Reduction in working week

    • Target minimum wage £6.75 (NDC)

  • NHS Pay Review Body evidence

  • Economic climate: tightening of public finances

    • RPI – current 3.8% (March) forecast 2.9% (end 2008) 2.5% (2009)

    • CPI – current 2.5% (March)


    • Context (2)

    • Government public sector pay policy

      • 2% per annum for each of the three years of the CSR

  • Other PRB pay settlements:

    • Armed forces: 2.6%

    • Prison officers: 2.2%

    • Hospital doctors: 2.2%

    • Teachers (Eng & Wales): 2.45%(2008); 2.3% (2009); 2.3% (2010)

    • Teachers (Scotland): 2.25%(2008); 2.5% (2009); 2.4% (2010)


    • Negotiations

    • Negotiating body

      • Staff Council Executive members plus extra seats for Scotland and Wales

      • Included: UNISON; RCN; Unite: RCM; CSP and GMB

    • Staff side objectives:

      • TU facilities agreement

      • Restructuring of long pay bands and appropriate structure at lower end

      • Break 2% pay threshold

      • Reduction in working week

      • Future of IWL

    • Major obstacle:

      • Government CSR pay threshold


    • Negotiations (cont’d)

    • Commenced September 2007

    • Initial progress on TU facilities agreement

    • No progress on pay

    • First ‘offer’ – January 2008:

      • 7% over three years:

        • 2.45%; 2.2%; 2.2% (not including restructuring costs)

      • Rejected by staff side negotiators


    • Negotiations (cont’d)

    • Staff side position:

      • await outcome of PRB

      • Continue talks on years two and three

    • Further discussions held on 2nd and 4th April resulted in the proposed multi-year agreement which included the PRB recommended uplift for 2008/9 as the year one increase


    • The proposed agreement

    • For 2008/9; 2009/10 and 2010/2011

    • Contains a combination of:

      • % uplifts to all spine points

      • Restructuring

      • Flat cash element

    • Overall uplift of 8.1%

    • Non-pay elements



    • UNISON policy:

    • Health Conference decided not to make a recommendation and to allow members to determine our position

    • All members working in health will be asked to vote in a ballot:

      • Ballot papers issued on or after 15 May

      • Cut off for request for papers 03 June

      • Ballot closes 06 June


    • If rejected in member ballot:

      • Refer to Industrial Action Committee for decision on industrial action ballot

      • Effective industrial action including strike action

      • Risk of staging/abating of PRB recommendation by Government

        • No agreement on removal of lowest pay point

        • No talks on reduction of working week

        • No policy on work/life balance

        • No restructuring of long pay bands

        • No TU facilities agreement


    • If accepted in member ballot:

    • Payment of 2008 money June 2008

    • Payment of 2009 and 2010 monies on 01 April

    • Monitoring of r&r issues, labour markets, economy

    • If inflation rises, return to PRB to trigger re-opener

    • 2011 PRB process as in annual process


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