Unison deputy head of health, Mike Jackson, said: ‘We’ve spent years working to get decent pay to make sure nurses want to stay in the job. Any cut would undo all that good work.
‘As it is, we face huge demographic challenges and if we start cutting pay it will make the job of attracting enough nurses even more difficult.’
UNISION state that they are opposed to regional pay, but they are not opposed to discussing a three-year pay deal. They are requesting direct talks with ministers on the content of the NHS Pay and Workforce Strategy plans before any decisions are taken.