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Tough negotiations over the last week bring a new pay offer. GMB will now consult members.

As all GMB members will be aware, The NHS pay dispute has been about the refusal by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt to implement an independent pay review recommendation. The pay review body recommended a 1% consolidation uplift, whereas Mr Hunt imposed a zero increase for those entitled to progression and a non-consolidated 1% cash payment for others. This unfair and disrespectful act infuriated NHS staff and lead to industrial action including strike last year.

However, the government did not listen so GMB members were right to support a recommendation for an escalation of the strike action. A 24 hour stoppage was planned in the ambulance service and a 12 hour stoppage in the rest of the NHS. This stoppage was going to take place on Thursday 29th January the Industrial Action is now suspended.

The strong GMB position to escalate the strike action has led to urgent negotiations. These talks started last Tuesday. The GMB has engaged in these discussions fully and as result a new offer has emerged.

Full details of the pay offer will follow, the headlines include:

1) The Independent pay review body recommended 1% consolidation on pay up to point 42 from April 2015.

2) A breakthrough in lifting the lowest paid. This means pay point 1 will be abolished. The new minimum pay point will be £15,100 which equates to a 5.64% uplift. A 1% consolidated pay uplift plus £200 will be applied to points 3-8 (Band 1&2) and all points between 9-34 will receive a 1% consolidated uplift.

3) A series of developments for the Ambulance Service including the retention of Annex E arrangements.

The GMB NHS, Ambulance & Nursing Committee Senior Reps have been invited to a national meeting which is taking place on  Wednesday 4th February 2015. At the meeting full details of the offer will be set out and the timetable for a consultation with members will be agreed.

Please note that as a result of the new offer the Industrial Action for this Thursday 29th January, has been suspended. Please ensure everyone schedule to be at work, attends work as usual. As always GMB will consult members on the pay offer and all GMB members will have a say.

Huge thanks to all the GMB members who have kept the pressure going. NHS Staff continue to deliver a tremendous service to the public, despite the unprecedented demands on the NHS.

Our strength is our numbers – Join the GMB today.

Posted: 28th January 2015

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