Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that staff at some non-NHS organisations will benefit from government funding for the cost of their one-off payments as part of the NHS pay award, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“This will ensure a small number of providers aren’t out of pocket for awarding staff what they’re legally owed, but this should have happened months ago.
“Sadly this won’t stop thousands of contractors and ‘bank’ providers from ignoring calls to do the right thing by paying the lump sum to outsourced and temporary staff in the NHS. Many of these workers are on low wages and insecure contracts.
“Ministers must end the two-tier employment scandal in the NHS and ensure all employers in the service play by the same rules.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
– UNISON has been running Us2, a campaign to ensure people working for private contractors in the NHS get the same pay as their colleagues who are directly employed. As a result, UNISON has lodged claims across the country.
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