CSP members working in the NHS in Wales have voted to accept the enhanced pay offer and following a Welsh partnership forum, health union also voted to accept.
Improved offer for Wales accepted by health unions
Following lengthy negotiations between the Welsh government and health unions, an enhanced offer was consulted on. An initial offer from the Welsh government would have been worth in the region of £10 million, but after the negotiations the improved offer is now in the region of £27 million.
Following the ballot, members working in the NHS in Wales voted to accept the deal, which was ratified by the pay reference sub-group. The deal was subsequently voted on by the members of the Welsh Partnership forum who also accepted the deal.
The enhanced offer includes an extra day's annual leave for all staff and a non-consolidated 1 per cent uplift for staff in Agenda for Change Bands 1-5.
The accepted offer
Following negotiations, the Welsh Government has made the following offer:
- An additional day of annual leave, pro rata, for all employed NHS staff. This would be recurrent.
- A one off non-consolidated additional payment of 1 per cent for those on bands 1-5, and the F1 doctors who fall into this pay band. It is estimated that 61,000 staff would benefit from this. This payment would not be pro rata.
- To put resource behind a partnership group that looks at staff welfare and brings together new initiatives and existing best practice – for example, protected time for continuing professional development (CPD).
- A scheme to allow staff to sell back their unused annual leave from their carryover from 2020 to 2021, plus a proportion of leave from 2021 to 2022 at the end of the 2021 to 2022 leave year. Any provision of sell back of 2021 to 2022 leave will need to be costed and the proportion based on affordability.
We recognise that – despite acceptance – this offer does not meet the pay aspirations of most of the health unions, including the CSP, which called for a significant rise. Therefore, health unions have requested a meeting in advance of the 2022 to 2023 pay review process.
Health unions have also secured a commitment from the Welsh government that should any further funding from central government become available, it will reopen pay discussions.
The offer will now be implemented for members in Wales. We are awaiting confirmation of the timeframes for implementation. However, it is hoped that the annual leave day will be implemented immediately and the payment for Bands 1-5 will be implemented in time for January's pay.