Union hails busting of NHS £5 low pay barrier

Low-paid
NHS ancillary workers in Argyll and Clyde will be paid £5 an hour from next
week.

The
agreement comes after protracted negotiation between the health board and trade
union Unison.

Welcoming
the move, Jim Devine, Unison Scottish organiser for health, said: "After
days of protracted negotiations, lasting well past midnight, we have concluded
a deal that will see many low-paid workers receive an increase in excess of £20
per week from next week.

"Barriers
against £5 an hour for health service workers have now been ripped down in both
Lothian and Argyll and Clyde health boards."

"This
agreement is a wake-up call to the rest of the Scottish health service."

By
Paul Nelson

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