Activists belonging to Britain’s biggest health union, Unison, have voted in favour of continuing with controversial proposals to overhaul NHS pay structures. The decision by Unison delegates at its health conference in Harrogate to support the Agenda for Change initiative will see a ballot of 440,000 members take place in May.
Paul Marks, lead negotiator for Unison on Agenda for Change, highlighted the benefits of the deal to members. ‘Agenda for Change re-establishes national bargaining for all members on trust contracts. It stops the drift towards local pay in the NHS, creates a single pay system and delivers equal pay for work of equal value.’
‘This clear decisive vote mandates UNISON to go ahead with early implementers and ensures that health service members will get their pay rise in their pocket as soon as possible,’ Karen Jennings, Unison's head of health, added.