Although the final pay increase will total 2.5 per cent, union heads are disappointed that the Government has decided to make this pay award in two stages.
Amicus congratulated the work of the pay review body, but have said that they are unhappy with the interference of the Treasury. Amicus Head of Health Kevin Coyne said: 'This imposition makes a mockery of the independence of the pay review body and we believe our members will not accept this. We will assess the mood of our members in regard to the staged payment and the overall figure, which may lead to an industrial action ballot.'
Karen Jennings, Unison Head of Health, said: '2.5% is low enough. The retails price index is running at 4.2 per cent, so this award amounts to nothing more than a pay cut.'