The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has welcomed the Government’s NHS pay agreement, saying it has been the best deal that has been achieved for any public sector worker.
The NHS pay agreement means that many staff, including midwives and maternity support workers, will see a pay increase of 9% to 29% over the next three years.
Pay increases for those already at the top of each pay band will see an increase of at least 6.5% over the next three years.
The pay agreement also suggests there will be quicker progression through the pay bands, meaning NHS workers will be able to reach full rate for their job in less time.
Commenting on the announcement, RCM’s Lead Negotiator, Jon Skewes, said: “This pay deal is the best that has been achieved for any public sector worker, and once that completely breaks the Government’s pay policy of recent years.
“It is a real achievement and one that we and the other unions have fought hard to get for our dedicated and hardworking members.
“We have been campaigning for fair pay overdue and this deal is a very good step in the right direction. It is the start of really valuing the contribution of NHS staff. It is also good for recruitment and retention of midwives and maternity support workers, given the chronic current shortages in maternity services.”
RCM members are being invited to take part in a consultation regarding the NHS pay agreement, with the results expected to be published in May.
More information about the Governments NHS pay agreement can be found here.
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