Members in England and Wales advised to reject pay award

In the week that the CSP opened its member consultation on NHS pay, we are asking all members to vote now and give us their views.

CSP workplace reps make the case for a decent pay rise for NHS staff. Photo credit - Simon Hadley.
CSP workplace reps make the case for a decent pay rise for NHS staff. Photo: Simon Hadley

Members employed by the NHS in England and Wales were this week emailed a consultative vote by the CSP regarding the NHS pay awards.

The CSP’s member-led Pay Sub-Group is recommending that members vote to reject both countries’ pay award.

This decision was reached on the basis that the award for most of our members is less than half the rate of inflation and for staff in the higher bands it is less than a third. This is at a time when members can least afford a cut in real wages and with the NHS already facing widespread staff shortages.

This vote is not an industrial action ballot but does ask members whether they would be prepared to take action if they are rejecting the award.

Elaine Sparkes, CSP assistant director said: 'This is a crucial opportunity for us to gather members’ views. We need a high response rate to give a clear mandate for any next steps.

'We will also continue to work closely with other health unions, many of whom are consulting at the same time.'

What you can do

  • Get informed: find out more about the pay award, the case for rejection, and potential next steps. Read through our FAQ document, and view our webinar recordings.
  • Vote: the ballot will remain open until 12 noon on the 9 September. Once we have the outcome this will be discussed with other health unions to reach a joint conclusion, which will be shared with members as soon as possible.  If you are unable to access the voting page, haven’t received an email invite, or are aware of colleagues who are employed by the NHS but have not done so, contact
  • Check your membership details:  in addition to voting we also need all members to check their member profile and ensure their employer and workplace details are correct. Guidance available.


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