It comes after the RCN led a successful campaign last year to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay rises.
The UK Treasury has committed to fully funding the proposed framework which sets out pay increases and changes to the pay structure under Agenda for Change. It means that everyone on an Agenda for Change contract in England will receive a pay rise of at least 6.5% over three years. However, about half of staff will receive much more than this – up to 29% in some cases.
The proposed pay and conditions framework offers NHS staff three years of pay security and the changes to the pay structure should help position nursing as an attractive profession.
The Scottish Government has indicated their intention to negotiate a pay deal that ensures NHS staff in Scotland will be paid at least as much as their counterparts in other parts of the UK and of using the funding received through the Barnet consequential to invest in a Scottish pay agreement.
Theresa Fyffe, Director, RCN Scotland said:
“We have campaigned hard for fair pay for nursing staff and we strongly believe that maintaining pay, terms and conditions across the UK is best for the future of our National Health Service. Failure to do this will have a significant impact on recruitment and retention in NHS Scotland.
“The voice of nursing staff has been heard and we welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to open negotiations on NHS pay. Like them we want to move quickly and we will be working hard to secure the best deal for our members.”
The RCN will be pushing Scottish Government to agree a pay offer as quickly as possible to allow consultation with members to take place during April and May.