Three year NHS pay deal is by no means the end of the fight

 Stewart Donnelly 24 Aug 2018

Stewart Donnelly thanks those who gave their views and commits to continuing the fight for fair pay.

After years of austerity we heard last week that the vast majority of us working in the NHS will see a nine per cent increase in our pay over the next three years. In fact we’ve already had this year’s three per cent in our pay packets and are looking forward to the backdated pay appearing.
I’ve been discussing the deal widely with members during the consultation period and I understand the strength of feeling on both sides. I’d like to thank all of you who engaged in the discussion and took the time to vote and ensure your views were heard.
I recognise that this deal does not make up for the years of pay freezes and restraint, but it is a step in the right direction and offers some stability in uncertain economic times. This is by no means the end of our fight for fair pay.
Last year we saw the power we hold when we work together – the RCN led the campaign to scrap the cap, and it was being able to harness that collective strength of feeling and voice that made our message hit home.
It’s important we don’t lose sight of this and what we have achieved. 
Our experiences and learning will help shape our campaigning on pay over the next three years.
I know many of you have questions about the changes to terms and conditions that are still to be agreed. Over the coming months the RCN team will be working with the other health trade unions to negotiate with the Scottish Government and the employers on these four areas of reform, and I will be making sure that you are kept up-to-date on how these discussions are progressing.

Stewart Donnelly

RCN Scotland Board Chair

Employee Director in NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Stewart has worked in the NHS for over 37 years and became an RCN steward in the mid-1980s. He has held a variety of roles in the RCN Ayrshire and Arran Branch, from chair to secretary to treasurer. Stewart is the former Vice Chair of RCN Scottish Board.


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