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Dear GMB Member

GMB in NHS Scotland & Scottish Ambulance Service – Important STAC Update on the NHS Pay Offer

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of our members’ interests. Together we campaigned for an above inflation pay award for NHS and SAS staff, plus a lump sum payment, to help tackle nearly a decade of cuts to your pay and conditions.

The need for a pay deal that tackled austerity and put more pounds in your pocket was clear and compelling. And that’s why we campaigned for a rejection of the Scottish Government’s three year, below inflation, interlinked offer.

Your response in our consultative ballot was overwhelming – a 98 per cent rejection across our NHS membership is a real demonstration of our trade union’s values and ambitions for NHS and SAS staff.

Today (Friday 17 August) your GMB representatives met with our trade union colleagues on the NHS Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC).

GMB is the only union that rejected the offer and every other union have accepted the deal.

It is the prerogative of other trade unions to make recommendations which they believe is in the interests of their members. But for GMB Scotland we were clear from the outset: The offer is unfair, unequal and commits members to reforms that are unknown.

The scale of support for the three year interlinked offer among the memberships of our sister trade unions means it will be implemented across the NHS and SAS. GMB Scotland is bitterly disappointed by this because it is not a credible prescription for tackling the cuts.

We will now convene a meeting of our NHS & SAS workplace representatives to discuss our next steps. Details of this will be communicated to you over the course of next week.

In the meantime, our immediate campaigning focus will turn to tackling the imposition of interlinked reforms which are part of this offer. If our members are forced to swallow a below inflation pay deal for three years, there is no way we will entertain additional cuts.

We have work to do and it begins now – and if any of your colleagues want to be part of Scotland’s campaigning trade union in the NHS and SAS then tell them to join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me at KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk or call 0141 332 8641 during business hours Monday to Friday.


Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB in NHS Scotland & SAS: Pay Consultative Ballot Closes Monday 13 August – FINAL REMINDER!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

That’s why we have been campaigning across NHS Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service over the summer, urging you to reject the unfair and unequal three year offer.

Our ballot will close next week on Monday 13 August, so if you haven’t already voted in your workplace or returned your ballot paper then don’t delay, do it today!

GMB Scotland has been campaigning for a rejection of the pay offer, as it stands. We are the only trade union in NHS Scotland to do so. The reasons why are very straightforward:

  • The three year offer gives no guarantees that it will consistently match the cost of living for you - it does not deliver “9 per cent”, it offers 3%, 2.72% and 2.86% for the next three years.
  • The offer would commit staff and their trade unions to a programme of as yet undefined reforms to terms and conditions, leaving you vulnerable to further cuts in the near future - why would we agree to something that is unknown?
  • The percentage increase for grades up to £80,000 and the £1,600 flat cash increase for grades above £80,000 means the highest paid will receive a bigger pay increase than the lowest paid – that’s ludicrous after ten years of austerity.

The devil is in the detail. This offer is unfair, unequal and would commit us to reforms that are unknown. That’s the hard truth and that’s why we cannot credibly recommend anything other than a rejection.

If you haven’t yet voted in the ballot or received your papers then call us immediately on 0141 332 8641 or email me at KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk

If any of your colleagues aren't in a trade union and want to be involved in campaigning for better pay and conditions, then please encourage them to join GMB - www.gmb.org.uk/join - or feel free to send them this update.

Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! GMB’s ballot closes on Monday 13 August – if you haven’t done so already then don’t delay, vote ‘reject’ today!

Dear GMB Member

GMB in NHS Scotland: NHS Pay Consultative Ballot, Thursday 5 July to Monday 13 August – GMB will urge members to REJECT this unfair and unequal offer

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

That’s why GMB has consistently campaigned for a pay award that not only beats the cost of living but tackles a decade of cuts imposed on our NHS Scotland staff.
But the truth is that the Scottish Government’s interlinked offer doesn’t meet these expectations and that is why your senior reps are unanimous that GMB Scotland members should reject the three year pay offer as it stands.
The reasons why are straightforward:

  • The three year offer gives no guarantees that it will consistently match the cost of living for you - it does not deliver “9 per cent”, it offers 3%, 2.72% and 2.86% for the next three years.
  • The offer would commit staff and their trade unions to a programme of as yet undefined reforms to terms and conditions, leaving you vulnerable to further cuts in the near future - why would we agree to something that is unknown?
  • The percentage increase for grades up to £80,000 and the £1,600 flat cash increase for grades above £80,000 means the highest paid will receive a bigger pay increase than the lowest paid – that’s ludicrous after ten years of austerity.

The devil is in the detail and as it stands, this offer is unfair, unequal and would commit us to reforms that are unknown.

This is not a credible prescription for tackling a decade of austerity on staff working harder than ever to keep our NHS running day in and day out.

Neither should the Scottish Government attempt to distract from the realities of this offer by justifying it off the back of the real-terms pay cut for the NHS in England. That’s just not good enough.

Our priority should be about getting the best deal possible for NHS Scotland staff. That’s what GMB has been campaigning for and we are clear that more still needs to be done for all staff, not just those earning over £80,000.
Our consultative ballot over this offer will begin on Thursday 5 July and run until Monday 13 August.

GMB will ballot our members in the workplace but if we don’t ballot you at work, you will receive a postal ballot. So please ensure your contact details, particularly mobiles, are to up to date.

Only GMB members can participate in our ballot so if you know colleagues who are not part of a trade union and want to campaign for fair pay, they can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me at KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk or call 0141 332 8641 during business hours Monday to Friday.

Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB’s consultative ballot will run from Thu 5 July to Mon 13 August. We strongly urge members to REJECT the NHS three year pay offer.

Dear GMB Member

GMB in NHS Scotland – Important Pay Update

GMB has been in discussion with sister trade unions, the Scottish Government and NHS representatives for a number of weeks now over the future of your pay and conditions.

Our message has been clear from day one: You deserve a fair pay rise that puts pounds in your pocket after years of austerity. For GMB Scotland, that means:

·    An above inflation increase (RPI currently stands at 3.4 per cent); and
·    An £800 consolidated lump sum payment to tackle years of pay cuts.

These pay talks are on-going and we will ask you to vote on the final offer over the summer months. Ultimately, when a full offer has been tabled, you will decide if the pay offer is good enough or not.

Over the weekend you may have seen the reports about the Scottish Government’s decision to impose a 3 per cent increase on your pay for this year while these talks continue – something that’s been called a “payment on account” by the First Minister.

Let’s be clear for the avoidance of doubt: The First Minister’s announcement was not done in agreement with GMB. It is less than what we have been campaigning for and we believe you deserve more.

But what does this mean for you? Well, 3 per cent may look agreeable at first glance but the devil is in the detail.

As it stands, 3 per cent means a cleaner would get an annual increase of £500, a porter £600 and a nurse around £800. But NHS staff like senior managers on £80,000 and over will get a flat £1,600 cash increase.  

Should a Health Board Chief Executive get an increase worth double than that of a nurse? GMB Scotland doesn’t think so.  It’s staff at lowest end of the pay scale and staff working longer and harder at the coal-face of our NHS that deserve the biggest increases.

Pay talks continue this week and GMB will be making our feelings on this matter very clear. We also call for this 3 per cent imposition to be classed as an interim payment only, until you have voted on the final offer.

Our priority is the defence of your interests and we believe you deserve better than an imposed pay award that values our members less than the biggest earners in the NHS.

Remember! If any of your colleagues aren't in a trade union and want to be involved in campaigning for better pay and conditions, then please encourage them to join GMB - www.gmb.org.uk/join - or feel free to send them this update.


Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB in NHS Scotland – Important Update: Your Pay Offer

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

Earlier this week, the joint trade union representatives of the Scottish Terms and Conditions Committee (STAC) met to discuss the way forward for the delivery of your 2018 pay offer.

As opposed to the traditional NHS Pay Review Body approach, this year your trade union reps will sit down with Scottish Government and NHS-side representatives to negotiate an offer for your pay, terms and conditions.

The first meeting of this negotiating body has been set for Thursday 3 May with a provisional deadline of Friday 22 June to bring forward an offer for the full consultation of our membership, if not sooner.

I can confirm that to date, no formal offer for your pay has been discussed with or suggested to the joint trade union representatives of STAC.  Bargaining over your pay offer will formally commence next Thursday.  

Again, GMB Scotland seeks an above inflation offer plus a lump sum payment to tackle a decade of austerity on your pay, terms and conditions for 2018 / 19 - as a minimum.
Please be assured that any offer reached will be subject to a full consultative ballot of our NHS Scotland members and any final offer agreed by our members will be fully backdated to April 1 2018.
In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me at KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk

Karen Leonard

GMB Scotland Organiser

 

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Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in the NHS - NHS Pay Offer and Scottish Government Talks

You will have seen press coverage over the last twenty-four hours about the proposed pay deal in England for NHS staff.

GMB at a UK level have confirmed this is a pay cut - a 3 year deal with declining value does nothing to address years of pay restraint that you have suffered.

As pay talks get underway for our NHS Scotland staff, our message is simple: It’s time to make work pay for our dedicated NHS staff who have spent a decade at the coal-face of austerity!  

GMB Scotland has listened to you are clear that you need and want more money in your pocket. If the direction of travel on NHS pay is to ‘just about manage’ this year and then return to real term pay cuts for the next few years, then GMB Scotland will have not part of it.

Our priority is the defence of our members’ interests. That's why in Scotland we are campaigning for: An inflation pay matching increase for 2018/19; and an £800 consolidated lump sum to tackle years of pay cuts.

We believe the money is there to achieve this. The Scottish Government will receive a windfall from the UK decision to fund a

deal and every penny of that money has to go in your pocket.

Negotiations with the Scottish Government will get underway over the next few weeks but it's unlikely we will come to you with a final offer for NHS Scotland until May or June.

Please be assured, however, that any final deal will be backdated to 1st April 2018 and GMB members will vote on the final offer before it's accepted or rejected.

GMB will update you on developments as soon as possible but if you have any questions any all, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 or email KL.Leonard@gmb.org.uk
 
Karen Leonard
GMB Scotland Organiser
 
P.S. Remember! The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests - we are campaigning for an inflation matching pay offer and an £800 lump sum for 2018.
 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in NHS –Audit Scotland Report

This morning, Audit Scotland published its report, ‘NHS in Scotland 2017’ - http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/nhs-in-scotland-2017

For our dedicated NHS members, it confirms what we already know – staff are working longer and harder for less, yet delivering first class care for patients against a backdrop of stifling austerity and rising demand.  It’s not sustainable.

This morning, the Scottish Government Health Minister Shona Robison MSP dodged questions relating to staffing levels in the NHS but offered her ‘congratulations’ to hard-pressed staff on the front-line.

Our members don’t want congratulations. Our members want the proper recognition and reward for their work and skills which have kept our struggling NHS in Scotland afloat over the last decade.

The Scottish Government has committed to lifting the public sector pay cap and we are clear that this means hard-pressed NHS staff need a pay rise that at least meets the cost of  living/rate of inflation.

Warm words from our political elite are useless. It’s time to end Scotland’s austerity shame. Ahead of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget in December, that’s the campaigning message we’ll be taking to Holyrood on behalf our NHS members.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or if you have colleagues who want to join GMB Scotland, then please do not hesitate to contact me on 0141 332 8641 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Karen Leonard

GMB Scotland Organiser

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