NHS unions decide to back the Agenda for Change

The GMB and other NHS unions have taken a collective decision to endorse the Agenda for Change – the new pay reform package for more than 1.2 million NHS staff.

Earlier this month, both Unison and Amicus members voted in favour of the Agenda for Change, following earlier endorsement from the GMB, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the Royal College of Midwives, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.

Agenda for Change will now be rolled out across the country from 1 December this year.

Sharon Holder, GMB national officer for public services, said: “This is the biggest change to the NHS pay system for more than 50 years, and finally agreement has been reached on the Agenda for Change Agreement and Terms and Conditions Handbook.”

Benefits of the Agenda for Change pay reforms include:

– the NHS minimum wage increased to £5.69 an hour

– from 2003-05, all staff will benefit from a 10 per cent pay deal over three years

– a newly registered nurse will earn broadly the same as a newly qualified teacher.


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