NHS pay in Wales and Northern Ireland
NHS trade unions approached pay talks on a UK-wide basis, ensuring trade union representation from Wales and Northern Ireland at every stage. However, devolution of health matters means that discussions on NHS pay would have to happen on a country-by-country basis.
The unions are talking separately to the devolved governments and employers about how they could draw on the agreement for England to put together a package that might work in their own countries.
The NHS trade unions remain committed to preserving the NHS pay framework across the whole of the UK and this will be an opportunity for unions to push for alignment of pay scales across the four countries and levelling up of pay rates where they have diverged.
Pay in Wales
Talks between unions and employers in Wales have led to a framework agreement for a three year pay deal, based on the changes to the NHS pay structure in England. The Welsh government has agreed to fully fund these proposals.
Full details of this framework agreement will be available shortly and trade unions will be speaking to their members about the proposals.