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NHS get minimum wage rate rise

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A new improved NHS wage of £5.69 per hour was voted in my UNISON’s health members by three to one.

UNISON, general secretary David Prentis said:

“Thanks to this vote, the NHS is closer to the goal of achieving a modern pay and conditions system. It properly recognises and rewards the skills of the workforce, and offers training opportunities and real progression through the ranks.”

Prentis hailed the minimum wage as a ‘major breakthrough’ for low-paid NHS workers. Negotiations are now under way to maximise the benefits for all its members with particular emphasis on extending the unsocial hours payments to all staff.

“This is a huge and complex package and I am determined to make sure that our stewards and staff are properly trained in how to deal with its implementation. I am making that a priority for our organisation,” said Prentis.

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