Following today's announcement from the Welsh Government that NHS staff will receive a 1% pay rise, Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director (Employment Relations) said:
"We are disappointed to see that NHS staff in Wales, who are bearing the brunt of relentless frontline pressures, have yet again been awarded a pay rise that is below inflation. This means the significant and continuous erosion of the wages of NHS staff and our members that has occurred over several years persists, with pay restraints being increasingly strained since 2010. An increase such as this does not match the dedication and hard work that our NHS workforce provides to patients in Wales each and every day. "
"However, we commend the Welsh Government for honouring the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body, so reaffirming its continuing commitment to the Pay Review Body, Agenda for Change and a unified pay structure for the NHS across the UK. As well as this, we welcome their announcement of continuing support for the lowest paid staff within NHS Wales by its decision to uplift the rate of pay to that of the living wage."
"Whilst the NHS Pay Review Body provides independent advice to UK Governments on overarching pay rates, in Wales there are other mechanisms through which NHS Wales pay and terms and conditions can be agreed in partnership. One such mechanism is the Strategic Pay Sub Group of the Welsh Partnership Forum. The RCN in Wales looks forward to engaging in the work of that group to seek opportunities to protect and improve the terms and conditions of our dedicated and hard-working NHS staff across Wales."