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NHS unions in Wales accept Agenda for Change revision

2 May 2014 - 11:53am

NHS unions in Wales have told employers and the Welsh Government that they will accept some proposed amendments to Agenda for Change (AfC).

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CSP assistant director Peter Finch: 'We look forward to working constructively with the Welsh Government and NHS Employers in the future.'

The decision follows consultations with union members. A majority came out in favour of agreeing to the proposals, including 60 per cent of CSP members employed in the NHS in Wales who took part in a CSP survey.

The proposals include the removal of enhancements to basic pay while on sick leave, changes to the conditions on some incremental progression and reductions in the maximum mileage rate.

The unions made clear that they would not discuss any further detrimental changes to national terms and conditions and that the acceptance of these changes was conditional on all staff groups, not just covered by AfC, agreeing to an equivalent levels of savings. Should that not be the case, they said they would withdraw their agreement.

In the CSP's online consultative ballot six members in 10 backed the changes on a 34 per cent turnout, out of about 1,300 members who were eligible to vote.

CSP assistant director Peter Finch said: ‘Any proposals that worsen the terms and conditions of CSP members, even to a limited extent, are unwelcome, but given the very difficult financial situation caused by Westminster cuts to the Welsh Government we felt it only right to consult members.

‘Our consultation showed that while there was a clear majority ready, if reluctantly, to accept the changes, many of our members do not.

‘We expect sacrifices to be shared across the whole workforce and NHS staff in Wales will not consider any further proposals that worsen their terms and conditions.

‘We look forward to working constructively with the Welsh Government and NHS Employers in the future on a basis that recognises, at a time when basic pay continues to be cut in real terms, the huge commitment and professionalism of physiotherapy and other NHS staff in delivery high quality services to patients.

‘I’d like to thank the CSP members who responded to our consultation.’

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