Citizens UK is congratulating negotiators at the 13 Unions who last week struck a pay deal to give a welcome salary boost for 1 million NHS workers.
Under the deal every NHS worker in England will be paid at least £8.93 an hour (18p above the real living wage of £8.75 an hour), or £17,460 a year if they work full-time.
Here at Citizens UK we're warmly welcoming the move, although this does still mean that workers in London are not being uplifted to the £10.20 an hour London Living Wage. We'd like to see NHS bosses go further, so that everyone at the organisation gets a wage linked to living costs that is enough to support them on.
Matthew Bolton, incoming Citizens UK Executive Director, commented:
“This is fantastic news for NHS staff. The people keeping our hospitals running, working long hours under great pressure, and saving lives deserve a real Living Wage. Hundreds of thousands of workers outside London will get a real Living Wage and workers in London will receive a welcome pay rise.
However we’d ask that NHS bosses make a long term plan to extend this to all contract staff as well, and to take NHS workers in our capital beyond the £10.20 an hour needed for workers to live in dignity and security in London. This is a welcome first step towards decent pay for hard working public servants, we hope to see other government departments follow suit.”
Read more about the Living Wage rates and how the Living Wage Foundation's movement of 4300 employers is going beyond the Government minimum to pay the higher voluntary London Living Wage and real Living Wage rates.