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CSP and other health unions launch above inflation pay claim

Health unions have jointly launched a pay claim, following detailed discussions and input from all unions including the CSP

'The policy of pay restraint is inherently unfair and counterproductive and it must end. But lifting the pay cap without funding real-terms rises is an empty gesture.

For too long this Government has taken the patient care delivered by NHS physiotherapy staff for granted.

It's time they were fairly rewarded for their skills and the NHS properly funded to provide the services we all deserve.' 

Karen Middleton, Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

What’s the pay claim?

 An increase in line with inflation plus an £800 consolidated lump sum for all NHS staff. The latest, August 2017, rate of the Retail Price Index was 3.9 per cent.

What can I do?

  • Attend a  TUC-coordinated public sector pay rally in Parliament Square, Westminster, London, on 17 October 2017 from 2 to 4pm. Email pay@csp.org.uk to confirm attendance and leave contact details (Name, email and mobile number) so we can keep you updated and provide briefings etc.

Contact your steward or failing that, the CSP’s enquiries team, if you would like more information about how you can get involved in the campaign.

Key Messages

  • Since 2010, NHS pay has been held back by government in the name of austerity.
  • First the freeze, then a cap of one per cent resulting in NHS pay consistently falling behind the cost of living.
  • That’s no way to treat dedicated and hard-working NHS staff who go to work to help people and to save lives.
  • For too long politicians in Westminster have taken NHS staff for granted because they know that working in the NHS is more than just a job.
  • However, the NHS trade unions believe that the vocation of NHS staff shouldn’t count against you when it comes to a decent pay rise.
  • We think NHS staff are worth more – and so do patients and the public.
  • It’s time for the pay cap to go but that in itself isn’t enough as political gestures don’t pay the bills.
  • That is why all 14 NHS trade unions have come together to ask the government to give NHS staff a meaningful increase in April 2018 to help you keep up with the cost of living and start to make up for the years of lost pay.
  • This will also help secure the future of the NHS by making it a more attractive place to work.
  • The pay rise must be fully funded and not financed from existing NHS budgets

What’s the CSP doing nationally?

  • Working together with other health unions to jointly campaign and influence the Government on pay
  • Working with the TUC to make the rally and lobby and of parliament on October 17 a success
  • Preparing CSP evidence to the NHS pay review body; this includes views of CSP members we have met across the country this summer and results from an online survey of members.

What’s the government saying?

Despite the many stories in the media in recent days and weeks, the pay cap has thus far only been lifted for a tiny minority of public sector workers (police, prison officers) and the rises remain below inflation.

More ‘flexibility’ has been granted to government departments in making pay awards, to address ‘pinch points’ in staffing and decisions are to be made on a “workforce-by-workforce basis”, according to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Elizabeth Truss. 

Crucially, the Treasury is insisting pay rises be “funded within existing budgets”, which are already massively overstretched and leading to cuts in patient services and staffing. 

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