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Pay deal must hold, urge unions

25 September 2009 - 1:00pm

Health unions are asking the government to stick with the three-year NHS pay settlement as it enters its final year.

They say in new evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body that the 2.25 per cent rise for 2010/2011, proposed when the deal was struck in 2008, should be kept intact.

They argue there are no grounds for it to be reviewed on the basis of changes in economic and labour market conditions over the past 12 months.

Inflation levels are forecast to rise again as the UK comes out of recession.

CSP assistant director of employment relations Peter Finch said: ‘We expect the government to honour the three-year deal. It’s still affordable and the 2.25 per cent is not out of kilter with other public sector pay settlements.’

‘Honouring the final year of the three-year pay award will assist the NHS to recruit and retain the very best workforce.’

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