The RCM’s members in England had been scheduled to take part in a walk-out on 29th January, with further action from Friday 30th January to Tuesday 24th February and another stoppage on Wednesday 25th February.
The offer negotiated with the Department of Health includes a consolidated 1% payment for all staff up to Band 8B; an additional £200 consolidated payment for lower paid staff (pay points 3-8); the first point on the pay scale to be abolished and the second raised to £15,100.
There is also a commitment from the Government to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) that the NHSPRB will continue to make future recommendations on pay uplift for NHS staff in 2016/17.
The RCM will be consulting its members by email and will be recommending that they accept the offer from the Government as the best that can be achieved by negotiations.
Commenting on the deal, RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick, said: “I am pleased the Government came to the negotiating table to seek a solution. I believe this offer represents the best that can be achieved by negotiations and we will consult with members in England.
“Midwives are caring people who work long hours to give excellent care to women and their babies, often working beyond their shift and through their breaks.
“Even during our industrial action midwives have maintained safety for women and their families. They deserve to be valued by Government and employers.”