Nurses fear imposed pay deal

Unions fear the DoH will seek to impose a three-year pay settlement for nurses before the pay review body makes its recommendations next month.

However, a three-year deal offered to teachers last week, which exceeds the government's 2 per cent inflation target, has fuelled optimism that the DoH may be open to above-inflation increases.

A spokesman for the Community District Nursing Association, a TUC affiliate, said the government had announced that it favoured three-year public sector pay deals without consulting unions. ‘There is a concern that the government wants to impose a three-year deal before the review body reports,' he told Independent Nurse.

Unions are not opposed to a three-year deal, but warned that they could not agree to a deal without a ‘safety mechanism' to protect members from cost of living increases.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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