Pay

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

The pay rise will be in your pay tomorrow with backpay being paid in August. If you receive pay protection then this has not been updated and will hopefully be amended for your July pay. Payroll staff are working hard to put all this through the system for us.

Thursday 27th May 2021

Please see NHS Pay Circular with new pay scales 👇

Wednesday 26th May 2021

The Scottish Government have announced that the pay rise backdated to 1st December 2020 will be paid next month.

Friday 14th May 2021

NEWS: Pay deal agreed for implementation by Scottish Government:

“Given the support of the Agenda for Change workforce for the pay offer, Ministers are clear
that staff should feel the benefit of this pay uplift as soon as possible, and I can therefore
confirm that the Scottish Government will move to implement this deal within the first 100 days of parliament subject to workforce agreement”

UNISON members have been heard and the pay deal which members overwhelming voted to accept will now be implemented.

Wednesday 12th May 2021

UNISON members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the NHS pay offer, which will see the majority of NHS workers receive a 4% pay increase.

👉 https://unison-scotland.org/health-workers-at-scotlands-largest-nhs-union-vote-to-accept-nhs-pay-offer-says-unison-scotland/

We balloted just under 50000 members and had a return of 35%

ACCEPT – 84%

Reject – 16%

All the other Trades Unions voted to accept bar the GMB and RCN whose members voted to reject, as they are not bound by any collective agreement it will be up to them what they do next.

We have written to the Scottish Government asking them to pay the rise immediately.

We said from the start of this process that we would be honest and upfront with you, that we would listen to your views and we would not promise something that was never achievable or realistic. We did not take people half way up a hill.

To our members who voted against, we fully respect your views and indeed have managed to convince some of you to become stewards which is fantastic and shows we are a broad church.

I’ll finish again by thanking you for your involvement but more importantly for the work you do day in day out.

UNISON PAY RALLY

Want to know all about the pay ballot results and what happens next?

Then sign up for the pay rally using the link below 👇👇

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unison-scotland-nhs-pay-demo-ballot-results-facebook-live-stream-tickets-153780639031

Wednesday 12th May 2021

We will release the pay results later on this morning alongside all the other Trades Unions (bar 1). We will give full disclosure of the figures irrespective of the result, we have been up front with you from day one and believe it is only right to share the full results with you.

Whatever the result is please remember it’s our colleagues who have voted and they did so because they did what felt right to them and we will act on the majority vote with immediate effect.

Thank you all who took part in the ballot and had YOUR say on YOUR pay.

Tuesday 11th May 2021

You may have seen the press reports that the smallest NHS general union has rejected the Scottish Governments 4% pay offer.

For reasons known only to themselves the GMB have decided to break the agreement with all the other TUs and release their results prior to the meeting on 12th May. We in UNISON will keep to our agreement and release results (in full) tomorrow. We have been honest, transparent and upfront since the start of negotiations and will continue in that vain.

Thank you for all you do.

MEMBER’S PAY MEETINGS
We will be holding a series of online meetings throughout the ballot period for members to talk about the pay offer and to answer any questions you have. Please contact us for the link to join.

Wednesday 14th April:

9am-10am

4pm-5pm

6pm-7pm

8pm-9pm

UNISON Stewards will be out and about across the sites to assist you to vote and answer any questions you have about the pay offer.

Details of all the times and places can be found here 👇

https://fifehealth.unison.site/events

Please remember to use your vote 👇👇👇

Friday 7th May 2021

NHS MEMBERS – TIME IS RUNNING OUT! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Make sure you vote to have your say on NHS pay and remind your colleagues too!

Ballot info & voting link 👉 https://unison-scotland.org/payupnow-healthballot20/

Friday 7th May 2021

You have until midday to have YOUR say on YOUR pay. We are recommending you accept this offer as the best that can be achieved by negotiation.

Join us for the results of the pay offer ballot live. Register here 👇👇👇

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unison-scotland-nhs-pay-demo-ballot-results-facebook-live-stream-tickets-153780639031

Please use YOUR vote and encourage others to use theirs.

Thursday 6th May 2021

Join us for the results of the pay offer ballot live. Register here 👇👇👇

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unison-scotland-nhs-pay-demo-ballot-results-facebook-live-stream-tickets-153780639031

Thursday 6th May 2021

ATTENTION MEMBERS!!!

Only 2 days left to vote in the pay ballot.

Please don’t miss this chance to have your say on pay. Vote today. All details below 👇👇👇

Health Pay 2021

Wednesday 5th May 2021

Only 3 more days left to have your say on pay.

Please use your vote and encourage colleagues to do the same.

We are still out across the sites until Friday to help you vote if you need it.

We are recommending that you accept the pay offer 👇

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Have you voted in the NHS pay ballot yet? Comment below 👇

The ballot closes at midday on Friday 7 May. Make sure you vote to have your say on NHS pay!

👉 https://unison-scotland.org/payupnow-healthballot20/

Tuesday 4th May 2021

BALLOT UPDATE…..BALLOT UPDATE…..

Hi folks, last few days of the ballot, HAVE YOU HAD YOUR SAY ON YOUR PAY? If not please engage and use your vote and encourage other UNISON members to do the same.

Thanks for everything you do both as members and staff.

We are recommending acceptance of the offer as the best that can be achieved through negotiation.

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Monday 3rd May 2021

𝗢𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝟓 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗳𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁!! 📣

🗳Ballot info & voting link
https://www.unison-scotland.org/statement-on-nhs…/…

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch 👇
📞 01592 643355 ext 25756
💻 unisonfifehealth@outlook.com

Friday 30th April 2021

Thursday 29th April 2021

Wednesday 28th April 2021

Tuesday 27th April 2021

𝗢𝗻𝗹𝘆 10 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗳𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁!! 📣

Ballot info & voting link – https://unison-scotland.org/statement-on-nhs-scotland-pay-negotiations-2/

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch 👇

📞 01592 643355 ext 25756
💻 unisonfifehealth@outlook.com

Tuesday 27th April 2021

Monday 26th April 2021

Monday 26th April 2021

Friday 23rd April 2021

Please feel free to use this photo on your own pages to let people know you have voted. There’s still time to have your say on pay.

Friday 23rd April 2021

UNISON Scotland Convenor Lilian Macer with a message for members about the pay offer 👇

Thursday 22nd April 2021

Thursday 22nd April 2021

Wednesday 21st April 2021

Our pay ballot is well underway now and elgible members will be receiving a reminder email tomorrow to vote. Thank you if you already have.

All information on the pay offer can be found here 👇 https://www.unison-scotland.org/statement-on-nhs-scotland-pay-negotiations-2/

Please check your junk/spam folder for this email and if you do not receive one please follow the link as you will need to vote using your membership number. Please encourage your colleagues to vote too.

We are still out and about across the sites to assist you with this and details can be found here 👉 https://fifehealth.unison.site/events

Tuesday 20th April 2021

Friday 16th April 2021

Friday 16th April 2021

PAY BALLOT REMINDER 👇👇👇

Your pay ballot has now been open for 24 hours and it’s vital you have YOUR say on YOUR pay. If you have not yet received your email you can go online to UNISONdirect to get your link to vote. Please note you will need your membership number for this.

We are recommending ACCEPTANCE of this deal as we believe it’s the best that can be achieved through negotiation, any further movement will require sustained industrial action.

Please use your vote and encourage fellow UNISON members to use theirs.

All information can be found here 👇

Health Pay 2021

Thursday 15th April 2021

Thursday 15th April 2021

VOTING STARTS TODAY!!!!

Remember to check your email junk folder if you dont received it by the end of today.

For all information click on the link 👇

Health Pay 2021

Thursday 15th April 2021

A big thank you to everyone who attended our online meetings yesterday.

VOTING STARTS TODAY!!!!

UNISON Stewards will be out and about across the sites to assist you to vote and answer any questions you have about the pay offer.

Details of all the times and places can be found here 👇

https://fifehealth.unison.site/events

Wednesday 14th April 2021

Your say on pay starts tomorrow when our ballot opens.

We are recommending you accept this offer as we believe it to be fair in the current economic climate.

Are we worth more? Absolutely, however, we believe we have pushed the government further than they ever intended going (remember it is only a few weeks ago that they said no offer could be made until the summer) we pushed and got the offer just before Parliament went into recess. Given that others have lost income and employment we also need to be mindful of public opinion, it would have been easy to be part of the cheering crowd and recommended rejection, but that would have been dishonest of us and we need to give you the membership the factual position so you can make up your own mind.

Use your vote and encourage your colleagues who are in UNISON to do the same.

Tuesday 13th April 2021

More information on the pay offer 👇

https://biteable.com/watch/health-pay-ballot-2021-2900697/4e301df7c2069a8f96877e79eab78282a190fe87

Sunday 11th April 2021

NHS Members – UNISON is recommending acceptance of the NHS Pay offer.

👉 www.unison-scotland.org/payupnow-healthballot20

Go to our regional website for full update on the UNISON position on the NHS pay offer and how you can have your say.

Pay Up Now, Health Ballot

UNISON RECOMMENDS ACCEPTANCE OF NHS PAY OFFER.

The ballot for Your Say on Pay will open on the 15th April, it’s important to have your vote counted.

Since the final offer was made we have taken soundings from our members and activists and we are recommending acceptance of the formal offer. We believe that this is the best offer that can be achieved through negotiation.

Whilst the offer does not reach our goal of £2k across the board for all staff, we have based our recommendation on feedback from our members.

Should the offer be rejected then a period of sustained industrial action will be required and to this end we have set up an industrial action committee so we are ready if you decide that is the way to go.

Whatever your vote, it’s important that you vote!

This is about your pay and therefore your decision.

Thursday 8th April 2021

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unison-scotland-nhs-pay-rally-facebook-live-stream-tickets-150032087011

Friday 2nd April 2021

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE…..

Quick update folks. We are compiling a question and answer document on the pay offer which we hope to circulate soon. In the meantime please ensure that your contact details are up to date as this is the easiest way for you to have your say on pay.

Thursday 1st April 2021

All UNISON members within NHS Scotland will be balloted on the Scottish Government pay offer. This will be an electronic ballot.

If you are a UNISON member and you work in Health in Scotland please update your details now to get a link sent directly to you.

If you dont receive an email you can still vote using our digital ballot webpage.

Wednesday 31st March 2021

For all up to date information on the pay offer please see the link below.

Health Pay 2021

Monday 29th March 2021

Over the past week UNISON – with Scotland’s other trade unions – has been in formal pay negotiations for Agenda for Change staff. Negotiations are over and an offer has been made. Click on the image for full details of the offer. UNISON will now consult with members.

Select the link below for more details

Health Pay 2021

Friday 26th March 2021

PAY UPDATE……. PAY UPDATE

Here is the pay offer in full.

Single Year Pay Deal 2021/22 for NHS Agenda for Change Staff

1. The Scottish Government’s aim is to deliver an agreed single year pay deal for NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff for the financial year 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

2. The pay deal will have an additional backdating to 1 December 2020, meaning any new pay rates are in place from 1 December 2020, and any arrears of pay related to the pay deal will be effective from this date.

3. In order to achieve this, the Scottish Government has committed an overall financial envelope of £323m to uplift Agenda for Change pay rates, with £76 million available for the additional 2020-21 costs, and £247 million for 2021-22. This includes the £20m payment on account that has already been applied.

4. Our aim is to ensure that we retain suitable qualified staff, and attract staff with the skills and experience needed to ensure NHS Scotland meets future demands and expectations. The offer is detailed below:

5. Analysis indicates that the available funding would support the following progressive approach to increasing current Agenda for Change rates:

• Bands 1-4: a flat uplift of £1,009
• Bands 5-7: a 4% uplift
• Bands 8a to 8c: a 2% uplift
• Bands 8d to 9: a flat uplift of £800

​Any supplements and RRP’s which increase in line with pay uplifts will be ​uprated as appropriate.

​These uplifts would translate into the following 2021-22 pay points.

Band
Points
Scottish 2020/21 Rates
Proposed 2021/22 Rates
% this represents
£ this represents
Band 1
1
£18,478
£19,487
5.46%
£1,009
Band 2
1
£18,600
£19,609
5.42%
£1,009

2
£20,606
£21,615
4.90%
£1,009
Band 3
1
£20,700
£21,709
4.87%
£1,009

2
£22,594
£23,603
4.47%
£1,009
Band 4
1
£22,700
£23,709
4.44%
£1,009

2
£24,973
£25,982
4.04%
£1,009
Band 5
1
£25,100
£26,104
4.00%
£1,004

2
£26,970
£28,049
4.00%
£1,079

3
£31,649
£32,915
4.00%
£1,266
Band 6
1
£31,800
£33,072
4.00%
£1,272

2
£33,305
£34,637
4.00%
£1,332

3
£39,169
£40,736
4.00%
£1,567
Band 7
1
£39,300
£40,872
4.00%
£1,572

2
£40,894
£42,530
4.00%
£1,636

3
£46,006
£47,846
4.00%
£1,840
Band 8A
1
£49,480
£50,470
2.00%
£990

2
£53,414
£54,482
2.00%
£1,068
Band 8B
1
£59,539
£60,730
2.00%
£1,191

2
£64,095
£65,377
2.00%
£1,282
Band 8C
1
£71,365
£72,792
2.00%
£1,427

2
£76,914
£78,452
2.00%
£1,538
Band 8D
1
£85,811
£86,611
0.93%
£800

2
£89,732
£90,532
0.89%
£800
Band 9
1
£102,558
£103,358
0.78%
£800

2
£107,250
£108,050
0.75%
£800

6. The Scottish Government will revisit the agreed pay settlement following the outcome of the Pay Review Body’s recommendation on Agenda for Change pay in England for 2021/22, with an intention of allocating NHS Scotland Agenda for Change Pay any additional new Barnett consequentials that result from a funded increase for the Agenda for Change pay uplift in England in the Department for Health and Social Care’s budget beyond the UK Government’s proposals.

​​​​​​​​​​​ANNEX A

Terms of Reference
2021-22 Agenda for Change (AfC) Pay and Terms and Conditions Negotiations in Scotland

Purpose

1. This document sets out the parameters within which the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland Employers and NHS Scotland Staff Side will discuss and agree a single year pay deal for NHS Scotland Agenda for Change (AfC) staff for the financial year 2021-22.

Background

2. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has confirmed the approach to the 2021-22 Agenda for Change pay negotiations as follows:
• Scotland will not provide a remit to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB), and will instead enter direct negotiations.
• The parties will use their best endeavours to reach agreement on a pay offer by 25 March.
• Scottish Public Sector Pay Policy (SPSPP) will be an anchor point for negotiations.
• The pay premium for Scotland’s Agenda for Change staff will continue.

Logistics and Principles

3. Agenda for Change staff in Scotland have already received a 1% payment on account and the parties will now negotiation a full one year settlement for 2021-22.

4. The 21-22 AfC pay settlement for NHS Scotland will be negotiated by a Negotiating Group (the Group) formed by the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC). Each party will nominate representatives to negotiate on their behalf.

5. The talks will be conducted in a spirit of mutual respect, confidentiality and cooperation, through STAC.

6. All sides are negotiating on the understanding that once the best possible outcome is reached, the proposed agreement will firstly go to a full STAC meeting, prior to being referred to the Cabinet Secretary for approval. Following that, all stakeholders will then go through their respective consultative processes on the proposed agreement within an agreed timeframe.

7. All sides agree that the settlement for Agenda for Change staff for the 2021/22 financial year must be fair, affordable and sustainable. Scottish Public Sector Pay Policy will act as the anchor points for AfC discussions.

8. There will be no cuts to terms and conditions for AfC staff.

Remit

9. The negotiations will work to the following remit which will need to receive final approval by the Cabinet Secretary:

To seek a negotiated settlement between Scottish Government, Employers and Staff Side to cover all Agenda for Change staff for financial year 2021-22.

Timeline

10. The intention is to have proposals to put to STAC by the earliest opportunity. Meetings of the Negotiating Group and STAC will be scheduled with a view to achieving this aim.

Membership of Negotiating Group

Scottish Government / Employer Side

Staff Side

Thursday 25th March 2021

Head of Health, Willie Duffy was on BBC Radio Scotland this morning giving his reaction to the NHS Pay offer. 📻

https://www.facebook.com/unisonscot/videos/280398823651611/

Thursday 25th March 2021

Over the past week UNISON – with Scotland’s other health trade unions – has been in formal pay negotiations for Agenda for Change staff with the Scottish Government and NHS employers. Negotiations have concluded as the Scottish government enters the pre-election period and an offer has been made.

Statement on NHS Scotland pay negotiations

Thursday 25th March 2021

 

Given the recent offer of a pay rise you must be contactable to be involved in any ballot on accepting or rejecting the offer. To have your say :-

Thursday 25th March 2021

We can confirm after a week of talks with the Scottish Government which concluded last night that we have received an offer to cover pay 1 December 2020 – 31 March 2022. The offer works out at an average 4% with some staff being offered a flat rate cash payment.

NEXT STEPS

We will brief our Health Committee on Friday with the full details of the offer, whereafter we will consult with the membership for them to decide whether the offer is acceptable to them. So to be clear it will be YOU the members who will have the final say on pay, so please ensure your contact details are up to date.

We will post the full offer on Friday afternoon.

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Willie Duffy, Staffside Secretary of STAC and Unison Regional Organiser added: “Each of the individual trade unions will now enter into discussions with their members on the offer.”

Government offers NHS staff in Scotland 4% pay rise

Sunday 14th March 2021

Our Branch Chair Wendy McConville tells us why she thinks staff deserve more than a 1% pay rise. Please support our campaign #OneTeam2K

Thursday 11th March 2021

We demand a fair pay rise for all NHS Staff now! Show your support for our NHS Heroes #OneTeam2k

We hope the the Scottish Government is paying attention. Health workers deserve a fair pay rise. #OneTeam2k

If you want health workers to get a fair pay rise, please tell the Scottish Government to think again. #OneTeam2k

Imagine working flat out throughout a global pandemic only to be awarded a 1% pay rise. Share to show your support for our NHS Heroes 💜 #OneTeam2k

Thursday 11th March 2021

Our Branch Treasurer Wilma Brown thinks the UK Government should give staff much more than 1%. If you think NHS workers in Scotland should have a fair pay rise, please share this image to show your support 💜 #OneTeam2k

Wednesday 10th March 2021

NHS Scotland pay negotiations to commence following health trade union call

Wednesday 10th March 2021
Issued on behalf of the NHS Scotland staff side representatives of the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee.
NHS Scotland pay negotiations to commence following health trade union call.
Scotland’s health trade unions have agreed to commence formal pay negotiations with the Scottish Government and NHS employers from this week.
The group wrote to the Cabinet Secretary last week to express their anger and disappointment at the process that led to the Scottish Government’s announcement that NHS pay negotiations would not take place until the summer.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP, met with the staff side representatives of the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC) this week and agreed to commence negotiations immediately. Terms of reference for the negotiations are being confirmed.
Colin Poolman, Chair of STAC and Royal College of Nursing Scotland Senior Officer said: “Our members are clear that it is simply not good enough to push negotiations to the summer and blame the UK Government for the delay. Yesterday the Finance Secretary committed to ‘going further to deliver a fair pay deal’ for NHS staff. We are looking forward to getting round the table with the government and employers to negotiate the detail.”
Willie Duffy, Staffside Secretary of STAC and Unison Regional Organiser said: “We had a constructive meeting with the Cabinet Secretary and are pleased that she responded so quickly to our concerns and request to review her previous decision. This past year has shone a spotlight on NHS staff, their dedication, their skill and the sacrifices they have made in responding to the pandemic. We will be making the case for the value of this contribution to be recognised in their pay packets.”

Tuesday 9th March 2021

The Joint Scottish Trades Unions met with the Cabinet Secretary for Health this afternoon.

We will be issuing a joint statement tomorrow, but it’s fair to say progress has been made.

Saturday 6th March 2021

1% is not acceptable and it’s not a done deal. Help us get ready👇

Stand up against ‘derisory’ pay rise for NHS staff, says UNISON 

💪 Join UNISON
📲 Update your details
🗣 Ask your colleagues to join UNISON
📢 Stand up – ask friends and family to support NHS workers Thursday 11 March at 8pm

Get organised! 👥

Thursday 4th February 2021

PAY UPDATE 👇👇
STAC Letter to Jeane Freeman Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport and Joint Trade Union press release.

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Pay Campaign
Scotland’s health trade unions have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport outlining their anger and disappointment at the process that led to last week’s announcement on NHS pay.
The announcement was made without prior notice or warning to the health trade unions.
The Scottish Government claimed, as far back as November, that the early stages of negotiating a new pay deal for NHS Agenda for Change staff were underway. The lack of progress on pay negotiations for 2021/22 led to representatives from the health trade unions raising their disappointment with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP in a letter on 1st February 2020 . In this letter the staff side rejected the suggestion of a ‘payment on account’ and reiterated their willingness to enter into negotiations and requested an immediate start to formal pay talks.
In today’s letter to the Cabinet Secretary the NHS trade unions highlighted the negative impact of last week’s announcement on the long-standing positive partnership between NHS Scotland and the trade unions representing staff on Agenda for Change contracts.
It states that there is a significant breakdown in the trust and respect between the Scottish government and the health trade unions.
As the letter states trade unions are requesting that negotiations start straight away. If the Scottish Government is not able to do this, then the Cabinet Secretary needs to advise the trade unions now so we can consult our members on the next steps.
UNISON is calling on the government to give all NHS workers a pay rise of at least £2,000: #OneTeam2K

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Health trade unions call on The Scottish Government to negotiate now on NHS Pay.
We are requesting the decision to delay the beginning of negotiations until the summer be reviewed immediately.

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE……
2nd March 2021
Issued on behalf of the NHS Scotland staff side representatives of the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee.
Health Trade Unions call on Scottish Government to negotiate now on NHS Pay.
Scotland’s health trade unions have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport outlining their anger and disappointment at the process that led to last week’s announcement on NHS pay.
The announcement was made without prior notice or warning to the health trade unions.
The Scottish Government claimed, as far back as November, that the early stages of negotiating a new pay deal for NHS Agenda for Change staff were underway. The lack of progress on pay negotiations for 2021/22 led to representatives from the health trade unions who sit on the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC) raising their disappointment with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP in a letter on 1st February 2020 . In this letter the staff side rejected the suggestion of a ‘payment on account’ and reiterated their willingness to enter into negotiations and requested an immediate start to formal pay talks.
In today’s letter to the Cabinet Secretary the NHS trade unions highlighted the negative impact of last week’s announcement on the long-standing positive partnership between NHS Scotland and the trade unions representing staff on Agenda for Change contracts.
It states that there is a “significant breakdown in the trust and respect between the Scottish Government and the health trade unions.”
Colin Poolman, Chair of STAC and Royal College of Nursing Scotland Senior Officer said: “For months now we’ve been told that that the Scottish Government will do its best to give NHS staff the pay increase they deserve. Last week’s announcement that NHS staff on Agenda for Change will have to wait until the summer for negotiations to commence is unacceptable, even more so when you consider the efforts and sacrifices that they have made over the past year to keep the country safe.”
Willie Duffy, Staffside Secretary of STAC and Unison Regional Organiser said: “We have worked hard to foster a positive relationship with government, one which we thought was built on mutual trust for the benefit of patients and NHS staff. The process that led to last week’s announcement has raised serious questions about the future of this relationship.
“We are requesting the decision to delay the beginning of negotiations until the summer be reviewed immediately. If the Scottish Government is not in a position to do this, then the Cabinet Secretary needs to advise the trade unions now so we can consult our members on the next steps.”

Thursday 25th February 2021

We don’t want 1% – We want £2,000 for all NHS Workers!
Write to your MSP now using this pre-drafted letter! #OneTeam2k

Wednesday 24th February 2021

COVID BONUS PAYMENTS
We are aware today that students, retired staff and those who have since left the organisation have not received their payments today as expected.
Payroll are working through this and will process these payments but we have no timescale for this at the moment.
We cannot contact payroll on your behalf and this is the only information we have at this time.
This link could help answer your questions 👇

Wednesday 24th February 2021

What a disgrace. Despite rejecting this the health Secretary went ahead with an announcement thinking that she can placate our hardworking staff with nice words of thanks and a half hearted offer in advance. Get the negotiations started don’t ignore UNISON negotiators. Scot gov can and should start the negotiations now and come to an agreement before the summer. NHS staff are tired of nice words and applause.

Wednesday 24th February 2021

UNISON disappointed with NHS interim pay award
UNISON comment on the Scottish government’s interim pay award of 1% backdated to December 2020, announced today (24 February).
Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has written to all staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions to set out the position on the 2021-22 pay settlement.
The letters states: “there will inevitably be a wait for 2021/22 pay negotiations to conclude in the summer. So in advance of the formal 2021-22 pay settlement, we will implement a 1% “payment on account” from 1 December 2020, which will then be topped up to the full settlement when the negotiations conclude.”
Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland head of health said: “We are disappointed that the Scottish health secretary has made this announcement, the staff side had previously written to her rejecting this offer. UNISON is concerned how this imposition may impact on any future pay negotiations with the Scottish government in 2021.
We do not agree that NHS pay cannot be resolved until the summer of 2021. We are calling for pay negotiations to commence immediately.
NHS staff need a pay settlement that recognises the sacrifice so many have made over the pandemic and starts to restore some of the real terms pay cuts of the past decade and show how much the government values the role they play in Scotland.
NHS staff live in communities across Scotland. They spend their wages in local shops and businesses which will help to rebuild our economy after the pandemic.
There will be some hard discussions in the next few weeks.”

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT
Please follow the link below for information 👇

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

“COVID RECOG PAYMENT”
Folks I’ve just looked at my electronic payslip online & sure enough our “Covid Bonus” payment is in this month’s pay packet which will hit your bank accounts on Thursday.
Thank you to all members & allies who supported our campaign.
Keep your eyes peeled on this page for more details on our current OneTeam2K pay campaign.
Together in UNISON 💜💚

Wednesday 17th February 2021

CPAG guidance on benefits and £500 bonus – UNISON Scotland https://t.co/Z7rZQcbTOB

Monday 15th February 2021

UNISON is calling on the government to give all NHS workers a pay rise of at least £2,000: #OneTeam2K
The Scottish government needs to invest in pay to help turn the disillusionment of staff around. An immediate pay rise would reassure undervalued staff to stay in the NHS.
Health workers across the UK are nearing the end of a three-year pay deal. They are due a pay rise in April, but UNISON and other health unions want this brought forward to show appreciation for NHS employees.
The Scottish government has publicly committed to a speedy settlement of the 2021/22 pay deal but we need more than promises.

Monday 15th February 2021

OneTeam2k NHS pay rise
Willie Duffy, UNISON Scotland’s head of health, said: “The Scottish government needs to invest in pay to help turn the disillusionment of staff around. While its commitment to pay a £500 ‘bonus’ to staff is a welcome acknowledgement of the extraordinary efforts of health workers, it is not the full pay rise they deserve.
“Our NHS staff are beyond exhausted and feel let down by politicians who expect health workers to give everything but show them little in return.
“A rise of £2,000 as soon as possible would persuade many NHS staff to stay and encourage others to consider a career in health.
“We’re calling on the Scottish government to fulfil its commitment to a speedy settlement of the 2021/22 pay deal so we can get money into the pockets of our hardworking NHS staff as soon as possible.
“Extra money in their pockets will mean more spending in local economies, giving a huge boost to the recovery when the lockdown begins to ease.”

Thursday 28th January 2021

“We welcome the recognition for those on the lowest pay but 3% for those under £25k and 1% for those over falls short of a decent pay rise for public sector workers.” – Mike Kirby, UNISON Scotland Secretary

Wednesday 27th January 2021

UNISON is calling for a £2000 flat rate pay rise for all health staff in advance of the Scottish budget.
To support this campaign take a selfie with the poster and share on your social media and encourage friends to do the same.
Why not add a comment in the dialogue poster so you have your say on why a fair and equitable pay rise across the board, for all NHS staff is deserved.
Pdfs of the posters can be downloaded here:

Tuesday 26th January 2021

Please support our campaign #oneteam2k

Tuesday 26th January 2021

A £2,000 minimum pay rise for everyone is fair, reasonable, simple and could be implemented quickly.
Support UNISON’s campaign for a £2,000 pay rise for all NHS staff. #oneteam2k

Monday 25th January 2021

📺 NHS Pay Campaign Live Stream Tomorrow Night @ 6PM #OneTeam2k #PayUpNow

Monday 25th January 2021

£500 COVID BONUS – OPT OUT SCHEME
We now have the forms for staff who for whatever reason need or wish to opt out of receiving this payment.
Please PM us on here, phone the office on extension 25756 or email us at unisonfifehealth@outlook.com if you need them.

Saturday 23rd January 2021

COVID £500 UPDATE……COVID £500 UPDATE….
For those on universal credit who believe this payment would cause you detriment there will now be the option to opt out. You have until 5th February to action this, however you will also have a further month to opt back in if your circumstances change.
We are still working with the SG to find some way of ensuring these staff don’t miss out due to a draconian benefit scheme.
This is what happens when we have an uncaring Conservative government in charge of the benefits system.
And when politicians grandstand at their party political conferences, making grand announcements without the first thought to how it will be implemented or the consequences.
The preforms will be available from Monday & we will update you with further information as we get it.

Friday 22nd January 2021

As part of our #oneteam2k campaign next week please send us your selfies and messages using this picture.
You can print it off or display it on your phone/tablet/desktop and send it to us.
All NHS staff deserve a decent pay rise ✊✊

Friday 22nd January 2021

Join us on Facebook for a live stream, featuring UNISON General Secretary Christina McAnea, as we demand a £2,000 pay rise for the whole NHS team. #OneTeam2k #PayUpNow

Monday 18th January 2021

Join us on Facebook for a live stream, featuring UNISON General Secretary Christina McAnea, as we demand a £2,000 pay rise for the whole NHS team. #OneTeam2k #PayUpNow

Monday 18th January 2021

COVID £500 UPDATE…..COVID £500 UPDATE…..
I’m sure most of you will be aware that the £500 covid payment will be paid in February to those eligible.
There is however a significant issue around this payment for those in receipt of Universal Credit, we are still in talks with the Scottish Government to try and find a resolution, this may mean that the February date is missed for some. We will keep you updated.
This is all the information we have at this time.

Friday 8th January 2021

NHS employees and bank workers can opt for the Covid Bonus payment to be paid in instalments should a lump sum have an adverse impact on any benefits payable by the Department of Work and Pensions.
To opt for equal payment by instalments over a 3 month period February 2021 – April 2021 please complete the form below. It must be completed and sent no later than 31 January 2021. Late receipt of forms will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Please return the form to Fife.epayroll@nhs.scot
Please contact us if you would like any assistance with this.

Wednesday 23rd December 2020

NHS STAFF COVID PAYMENT UPDATE!!!
Here is confirmation that whatever percentage of the £500 payment you are due will be in your February pay 2021.
Substantive staff and bank workers will receive this and students who had paid contracts within the NHS during the qualifying period will receive a payment.
More information can be found below.
Please note this is all the information we have at this time.

 

Tuesday 1st December

Tuesday 1st December

UNISON calls off ballot of Scottish health workers following union pay victory 👇

https://www.unison-scotland.org/unison-calls-off-ballot-of-scottish-health-workers-following-union-pay-victory/

Monday 30th November

This is the information we have so far…

All NHS Employees, including:

staff who have been active in the NHS since 17 March 2020 but who have since left NHS employment, including retirees

staff who accepted and worked on temporary contracts since 17 March to aid pandemic response but who have since left NHS employment, including students who worked under temporary contracts but who have since returned to University

staff covered by the Two Tier Agreement

General Practitioners and their practice teams, including 2C practices

Staff providing NHS services under independent contractor arrangements including:

GP surgery staff

NHS Dental surgery staff

NHS pharmacy services staff

NHS optometry staff

Staff working in Adult Social Care including:

Care home staff

Homecare staff

Palliative care/hospice staff

Adult Personal Assistants

Social care staff in residential child care settings

Social Workers (including those working with children and families and in criminal justice)

Monday 30th November

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE……

So on the eve of our industrial action ballot….£500 for all full time NHS and social care workers and pro rata for part time workers.

Friday 27th November

Info regarding Pay Ballot (1st – 14th Dec) – Please share with your NHS colleagues. 🗣️🗣️🗣️

In order to have your say on NHS pay in the digital ballot your email address will need to be up-to-date.

If you are not a member but would like to participate in the ballot – if you join by Dec 9th you will get a vote!

👇 You can update you details using the below link 👇

My UNISON

Thursday 26th November

 

Below is a link to the ballot page on the Scottish website

https://www.unison-scotland.org/payupnow-healthballot20/

 

Thursday 26th November

Below is the Eventbrite invite for Mondays ballot launch event. Please share with members and encourage them to sign up to take part.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unison-scotland-nhs-payupnow-qa-facebook-live-stream-tickets-130668778835

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday night.

 

Tuesday 24th November

BALLOT UPDATE……BALLOT UPDATE……

The digital ballot will start on December 1st when the first email will arrive in members’ inboxes. The ballot will close on December 14th.

There will be a formal launch of the ballot through a virtual meeting on Monday November 30th from 6pm. This will be livestreamed via the UNISON Scotland Facebook page. Joining details will be provided soon. It will be possible to ask questions on the evening or send them in advance to g.kelbie@unison.co.uk. The final panel details will be announced soon.

There will be follow up emails to members on December 7th and December 11th. The follow up emails are a reminder to take part and will include those who update their details after the deadline for the first email. There is also a link on the ballot website for those who do not have emails to confirm their membership and vote.

There will be a specific ballot page on the UNISON Scotland website which will outline our campaign and has a FAQ and support materials.

Please note that:
9th of December is the last date that any new details can be added into the system so anyone who wants to take part must join and/or update their details before then. Those who are included by then will have until the closing date to take part.

Friday 20th November

PAY UPDATE……PAY UPDATE……

You may have seen reports circulating today about a pay freeze for public sector workers, whilst it’s envisaged that the NHS is exempt from this proposed pay freeze, let’s be very clear any pay freeze for public sector staff is unacceptable. UNISON believe that this “leak” is designed to soften up health workers for a very low percentage pay increase. So more than ever our consultative ballot starting in the first week of December takes on even more importance. Please ensure your details are up to date and get ready to tell the Government to PAY UP NOW!

Wednesday 18th November

Tuesday 17th November

UNISON will shortly be running a digital consultative ballot on NHS pay. We are working hard behind the scenes to finalise the details.

But, In order to have your say on NHS pay your email address will need to be up-to-update.

👉 https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison

Tuesday 17th November

Important update regarding the pay campaign!

Friday 6th November

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE……..

Folks after another successful socially distanced demonstration yesterday, we proved that your Union is committed to do everything we can to ensure the Scottish Government keeps to its promise to put more money in your pockets this year, but we can’t do it without YOU! To this end we will be holding a consultative ballot on industrial action in December. So we need to ensure that your details are up to date, this will be a digital ballot but don’t worry if you don’t have access to electronic equipment to vote, plans are being put in place to assist you in this ballot.

Let us be clear, industrial action of any form is the last thing that we want to do particularly during these worrying times, however we must hold the government to account, they promised health care workers a rise in this calendar year. You deserve it and we will do everything we can to ensure you get it.

PAY UP NOW

THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2020

Branches all over Scotland today are flooding social media with a virtual demo for our pay campaign. Here are some of our NHS Fife staff asking Jeane Freeman to #PayUpNow

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2020

PAY UPDATE……PAY UPDATE……23rd October

UNISON Scottish Health Committee will be holding a small limited number pay protest on November 5th at the Scottish Parliament.

Clearly due to Covid we have a responsibility to be mindful of health issues therefore the numbers will be made up of 2 delegates per branch.

What we do require from you the members are some volunteers to do social media videos and media interviews, we are keen that our members are heard as opposed to our activists. If you are interested can you please PM us or email unisonfifehealth@outlook.com

Thank you.

Has anyone seen Jeane Freeman MSP?

You can support our #PayUpNow campaign for a decent pay rise by contacting your MSPs and the Cabinet Secretary.

Tell the Health Secretary that she must get round the table to discuss reopening the current pay deal.

👉 https://www.unison-scotland.org/pay-up-now-let-the-cabinet-secretary-and-your-msps-know-how-you-feel/

#PayUpNow

The Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP must get round the table to discuss NHS pay! #PayUpNow

👉 https://www.unison-scotland.org/scottish-health-secretary-must-get-round-the-table-to-discuss-nhs-pay/

NHS workers to hold consultative ballot on pay after talks break down, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland’s Health Committee to consider a consultative ballot for industrial action. 📢📢

If we don’t hear from Jeane Freeman MSP before Tuesday 20 October we will have no choice but to consult our members on industrial action. #PayUpNow

👉 https://www.unison-scotland.org/scottish-health-secretary-jeane-freeman-must-back-up-her-warm-words-with-action-on-nhs-pay-say-unison/

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE……

We had constructive talks with a group of Westminster MPs tonight on the issue of pay. They were very supportive of the Unions campaign and we will give them a joint TU briefing next week. We will continue to keep you informed, have a good weekend.

 

UNISON Scotland Pay Campaign Update

Pay Up Now Update

#PayUpNow

 

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE…..

The Scottish Trades Unions met yesterday in further preparation for pay talks for 21/22. It was a very constructive meeting with all parties confirming that joint working was the best way to achieve meaningful wage rises for NHSScotland and associated staff. We will now go over the terms of reference for negotiations and report back virtually next week. The negotiating team will also be confirmed next week with all participants signed up to the considerable time commitment involved.

It may not sound exciting but there are processes we need to go through to ensure the best outcome for members.

 

PAY UPDATE!!!

When you ask which union you should join, take note that we are the only union negotiating for a pay rise this year as part of the agreed 3 year deal. Our bargaining and fighting on your behalf is second to none. #Oneteam #PayUpNow

UNISON Scotland achieves agreement from health secretary to pay rise for NHS workers 

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE….

Colleagues, we’ve now received written confirmation from the Cabinet Secretary that the Scottish Government will NOT take part in the Pay Review Body (PRB) process. This is an extremely significant step for next years pay negotiations. Let us be clear that while others go and try to make headlines asking for magic beans, we on your behalf have been working quietly behind the scenes to achieve our first goal – scrapping the PRB. We will now start working with other Trades Unions to formalise the Scottish negotiation position.

Now to this years pay. As you may now have seen the Government are open to discussing the reopener clause of the 3 year pay agreement. Again this is down to UNISON members coming out on 18th August and taking part in our PAY UP NOW demonstrations. We were the only Union to pursue this although Unite have now reversed their decision and are now also supporting our position and we welcome that U turn.

Our planning committee meet on Tuesday to fine tune our claim whilst the communication/campaigns team are working on a number of initiatives, one of which is asking you to ensure your contact details are correct, we need this so we are ready to ballot if required.

PAY UPDATE…..PAY UPDATE

So the First Minister is clearly saying negotiating with the TUs which means no PRB. This is a key milestone for us, whilst others were shouting for magic beans, UNISON were in there clearing the way for proper collective bargaining. Whilst others shout what they will do, UNISON deliver. ONE TEAM – UNISON

 

PAY UPDATE….PAY UPDATE…..

So maybe we should have went for 25% and a bag of magic beans for our pay claim? It would certainly have went down well with the unaccountable key board warriors!! However we with your support have put in a Flat rate claim of £2k for every healthcare worker covered by agenda for change.

WHY?
1. We believe all staff should be recognised equally for the work they do.
2. It’s achievable.
3. It’s realistic.

HOW WILL WE ACHIEVE IT?

1. Through collective bargaining alongside other TUs, despite the difference in claims we will work together.
2. Putting pressure on the Governments, both U.K. and Scotland.
3. Opposing the use of the PRB.
4. Taking industrial action if required.

We will not match our members half way up a hill in pursuit of something that we do not believe is achievable, we will continue to organise and agitate. Our membership has grown year on year in Scotland and that is down to our commitment to you the members that we will always fight on your behalf, we won’t always win but we will always fight.

ONE TEAM – UNISON

PAY UPDATE….PAY UPDATE

Folks, while we await the Cabinet Secretary’s response to our meeting on Tuesday, thought I’d update you on what we’re doing. On Thursday our Health committee met and reviewed the Tuesday protest, suffice to say the committee was delighted by the engagement from our members, thanks again to you all.

Our campaigns committee also met this week to plan our next action/protest/demo and we will keep you informed as we progress, any other ideas you have then please let us know.

Our campaign is your campaign and is and always has been for ALL staff. Our members survey showed that you support our direction of travel and we will continue to press forward with your wishes and not those of unelected and unaccountable FB splinter groups.

All together in UNISON.

 

 

Photos from the demonstrations today across various sites in Fife. Thank you everyone who came along to support our claim.

Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy

Cameron Hospital & Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital

Queen Margaret Hospital Dunfermline

Stratheden Hospital

Glenrothes Hospital

St Andrews Community Hospital

Lynebank Hospital Dunfermline

 

The pressure has paid off. UNISON is pleased to announce that the cabinet secretary has agreed to meet with UNISON to discuss our members feelings on pay.

This is just a first step. We need to show the cabinet secretary how strongly we feel so she takes our negotiators seriously. Join us tomorrow for our demonstration ✊

https://t.co/mUWdprofE6

NHS Pay Up Now Resources

 

Cant make our demonstration then show your support by sending us a selfie.

Send a #PayUpNow Selfie

‘Pay Up Now’ for NHS staff socially distanced demonstration on 18 August

You have been fantastic in supporting NHS staff over the pandemic – but clapping doesn’t pay our bills.

Please support our pay campaign as we call on the Scottish Government to #PayUpNow and re-open discussions on the current NHS pay deal. Our NHS heroes deserve more.

Health Pay Campaign 2020

UNISON has written to Jeane Freeman Cabinet Secretary for Health to outlined members’ feelings about this year’s pay award. We have called on the Scottish government to reopen this year’s pay deal with a view to agreeing an additional pay rise this year.

In order to secure a pay rise this year UNISON needs to demonstrate to the Scottish government, just how strongly members feel. We are therefore organising a campaign to get members to email their MSPs and the cabinet secretary.

There will also be a COVID safe demonstration on August 18th. Further details of the demo and materials for social media will follow as we build up to the event.

We are asking all members, family and friends to email ministers directly.

However there are some key points to remember:

• Identify yourself as a constituent
• Be polite and concise
• If writing, keep the letter or email brief but do enclose any relevant reports
• Ensure the information you provide is factually accurate
• Stick to one issue to avoid over burdening or confusing the receiver
• Be clear about what you are asking them to do
• Request a reply
• Make sure you include your name, address and telephone number in any correspondence
• Write in your own individual style, as personalised communications have more impact than standardised responses than circulars.

Who is my MSP?
https://www.parliament.scot/msps/current-msps.aspx

Standard email to Jeane Freeman Cabinet Secretary for Health: ministerial email contact is scottish.ministers@gov.scot.

If you are a constituent then use her MSP address: Jeane.Freeman.MSP@parliament.scot

We will put a standard email text on our website for use and will email all members directly. If we don’t have your current email address please contact the branch on 01592 643355 ext 25756 or email us at: unisonfifehealth@outlook.com

 

Proposed email texts

Standard email to Jeane Freeman

I am writing to ask you meet with UNISON to agree an urgent pay rise for health staff. 

I am a committed Job Title

Like my colleagues, I do whatever it takes to keep the NHS delivering for the people of Scotland. I need you to understand how angry I am about the lack of a decent pay award this year. Health workers only received a pay increase of 2.95%. This was less than other public sector workers. 

The reason we agreed to the pay deal three years ago was that it contained a clause that would allow us to come back to the table if things changed. 

This pandemic is a change, but claps and thanks won’t pay my bills.

We have lived through years of austerity, pay freezes and rising bills. My money runs out earlier each month. I need a pay rise that begins to reduce the real pay cuts that I have experienced.

COVID19 crisis highlights how crucial our service is and how much people value the work we do. We were essential workers before COVID19 and we will be essential workers long after this crisis has passed. 

We need action from the Scottish government on pay, to back up the thanks, warm words and clapping.

Please organise an urgent meeting with UNISON to agree a proper pay rise for health workers this year.

Sign off with your Name, job Role address etc

 

Standard email to SNP MSPs

As a constituent and health worker I am contacting you as an MSP of the party of government asking you to support UNISON’s call for reopening of talks on this year’s pay deal. I want you to ask the Cabinet Secretary for Health to meet with UNISON to sort out an urgent pay rise for health staff.

I am a committed Job Title

Like my colleagues, I do whatever it takes to keep the NHS delivering for the people of Scotland. I need you to understand how angry I am about the lack of a decent pay award this year. Health workers only received a pay increase of 2.95%. This was less than other public sector workers. 

The reason we agreed to the pay deal three years ago was that it contained a clause that would allow us to come back to the table if things changed. 

This pandemic is a change, but claps and thanks won’t pay my bills.

We have lived through years of austerity, pay freezes and rising bills. My money runs out earlier each month. I need a pay rise that begins to reduce the real pay cuts that I have experienced.

COVID19 crisis highlights how crucial our service is and how much people value the work we do. We were essential workers before COVID19 and we will be essential workers long after this crisis has passed. 

We need action from the Scottish government on pay, to back up the thanks, warm words and clapping.

Please urge the Cabinet Secretary to meet with UNISON to agree a proper pay rise for health workers this year.

Sign off with your Name, job Role address etc

 

Standard email other MSPs

As a constituent and health worker I am contacting you asking for your support for UNISON’s call for a pay rise for health workers this year.

I am a committed Job Title

Like my colleagues, I do whatever it takes to keep the NHS delivering for the people of Scotland. I need you to understand how angry I am about the lack of a decent pay award this year. Health workers only received a pay increase of 2.95%. This was less than other public sector workers. 

The reason we agreed to the pay deal three years ago was that it contained a clause that would allow us to come back to the table if things changed. 

This pandemic is a change, but claps and thanks won’t pay my bills.

We have lived through years of austerity, pay freezes and rising bills. My money runs out earlier each month. I need a pay rise that begins to reduce the real pay cuts that I have experienced.

COVID19 crisis highlights how crucial our service is and how much people value the work we do. We were essential workers before COVID19 and we will be essential workers long after this crisis has passed. 

We need action from the Scottish government on pay, to back up the thanks, warm words and clapping.

Please call on the Scottish Government to meet with UNISON to agree a proper pay rise for health workers this year.

Sign off with your Name, job Role address etc

 

In order for us to get an idea of how well the campaign is going it would be helpful to ask members to either blind copy or forward any emails sent to the branch

UNISON Demand NHS Pay Talks