Midwives vote to accept NHS offer, with 57% in favor and 43% rejecting it
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Midwives have voted to accept the NHS’s latest pay offer, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced.
In a turnout of 48 per cent of eligible members working in the NHS in England, 57 per cent voted to accept the deal and 43 per cent rejected it.
Alice Sorby, director of employment relations at the RCM, said: ‘The offer wasn’t perfect, and it wasn’t everything we asked for or what midwives and maternity nurses earn.
“However, it was a step forward from the Government’s entrenched stance on 2022/23 pay and improved its guidance to the Pay Review Body for 2023/24.”
The government’s wage offer followed intense negotiations with the RCM and other health unions.
Midwives have voted to accept the NHS’s latest pay offer, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced
The RCM announced they had accepted the offer, saying the deal builds on the consolidated £1,400 – or 4 per cent for most members – remuneration already mandated for 2022/23.
They revealed that the offer included an unconsolidated lump sum of 2 percent of individual salary, plus a one-time “backlog bonus.”
“The lump will be worth at least £1,250, and many midwives will receive more than £2,000,” the RCM added.
“For 2023/24 there will be a 5% consolidated pay and an increase to band 1 and the bottom of band 2 of 10.4%.
“This will raise entry-level wages in the NHS to £11.45 an hour, providing a much-needed boost for lower-paid staff.”
The move by the RCM to accept the NHS wage offer comes as several other health sector workers have gone on strike in recent months.
The move by the RCM to accept the NHS wage offer comes as several other health sector workers have gone on strike in recent months. Pictured: Strike by members of the Royal College of Nursing
Trainee doctors, nurses and paramedics have all taken action over long-running disputes over pay, jobs, pensions and benefits.
It also comes as the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) prepares for a 48-hour strike from 8pm or the start of the night shift on Sunday 30 April to 8pm or the start of the night shift on Tuesday 2 May.
However, in a bitter blow to striking nurses, Health Secretary Steve Barclay announced this week that the government would take legal action over the May 2 demonstration as the RCN’s strike mandate expired.
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