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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
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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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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