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No sign of a 'significantly improved' NHS pay offer in Scotland as talks continue

13 Oct 2022

Health trade unions met with the Scottish government to continue negotiations on NHS Scotland Agenda for Change pay for 2022/23.

Strike for Staffing

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care in Scotland Humza Yousaf had committed to presenting a "significantly improved offer" when he met with RCN members outside the SNP party conference in Aberdeen last Saturday (8 October)

Despite this commitment, an increased offer that is in line with members expectations has yet to be made. Following the meeting with the Cabinet Secretary and Deputy First Minister John Swinney, the joint health trade unions have agreed to maintain negotiations with the aim of reaching a satisfactory offer. 

RCN Scotland Director Colin Poolman said: “It shouldn’t take the very real prospect of strike action for the Scottish government to return to the negotiating table. 

“For too long the Scottish government has expected nursing staff to do more for less. Our members and our NHS are at breaking point. Fair pay is essential for ensuring safe patient care, for retaining our experienced nursing staff and for recruiting into our profession. 

“Our members have made it clear that yet another pay cut is not acceptable. Our strike ballot continues and I urge every eligible member to cast their vote now.” 

RCN members working for the NHS across the UK should have received their ballot paper through the post. Completed ballot papers must be returned by 12 noon on Wednesday 2 November. 



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