Strike threat over as NHS union accepts 6.5pc offer

By Neil Pooran



dmg media (UK)

The Party’s Over

MEMBERS of Unison, Scotland’s largest health union, have voted to accept the Scottish Government’s pay offer. In a digital ballot where 54 per cent of eligible members voted, 78.5 per cent accepted the offer. Another union, GMB Scotland, accepted the pay offer last week. The settlement – which was accepted by 160,000 NHS staff, including nurses, midwives and paramedics – equates to an average 6.5 per cent increase in 2023/24. Unison Scotland’s health committee chair, Wilma Brown, said: ‘While acceptance of this pay offer removes the spectre of industrial action, there is no room for complacency. ‘This deal does nothing to solve the NHS Scotland staffing crisis. ‘Government commitments to review the working week, deliver fair wage rises on promotion and tackle the workforce crisis must make rapid progress. ‘They must also be backed up with new money to ensure patients and staff get the NHS they deserve.’