Welsh health workers strongly oppose Welsh government’s pay award

New figures released by a leading trade union reveal an overwhelming majority of Welsh healthcare workers, including nurses, healthcare assistants, ambulance workers, hospital porters, cleaners, cooks, admin staff and many more, believe the Welsh government’s NHS pay award does not go far enough.

UNISON Cymru Wales revealed that a whopping 87 per cent of Welsh healthcare workers voted to oppose the imposition of a 3 per cent pay award by Welsh government.  The Union’s health committee has voted to support ongoing talks with Welsh government in the hope that an agreement can be reached.

If urgent negotiations do not result in an improved offer, it is likely that the Union will ballot members on possible  industrial action.

Paul Summers, UNISON chair of Wales health trade unions, said,

“After the toughest eighteen months of their lives, NHS staff deserve better than Welsh government imposing a below-inflation pay award. UNISON will be meeting with the health minister to seek improvements on the current 3 per cent.

“Healthcare workers can be assured UNISON will continue to fight for the best possible deal, that rewards their hard work.”

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