As a result of employers lack of progress in gaining agreement from unions to cut their members pay and conditions the government has announced that NHS workers will have at least another year of real term pay cuts, with a strong indication this will be the case in the future unless we accept direct cuts to pay, terms and conditions.

For 2014 only NHS staff at the top of pay bands will qualify for a 1% non-consolidated rise (see below for explanation).  People on all other points of the pay bands will get no pay rise. They will get any annual incremental rise at their normal incremental date.

 The 1% offer is "not consolidated" - which means the top pay band itself will not rise so the payment for this year will not be included in any rise in future years.  The additional 1% will not be used to calculate enhancements for unsocial hours including bank holiday, night and Sunday working.  Nor will the sum contribute to pensions.

The UNISON Health branch leadership feels it has no alternative but to recommend a move to industrial action.  A branch meeting for all members has been called on April 1st 7pm in Oxford Town Hall to discuss such a campaign with the UNISON Assistant General Secretary.  Please make every effort to attend to give your views.

Now more than ever we need a strong union to campaign on pay – encourage your work colleagues to join.

A full briefing on the pay can be downloaded from here.  Please download and display the poster for the branch meeting on pay.

There will be a protest against another year of real term pay cuts on budget day Wed 19th March at the main gate of the Warneford hospital between 12.30 and 1.30pm.