Chancellor Rishi Sunak may offer health workers a one-off bonus to defuse the row over NHS pay

  • Unions angered by a proposed one per cent rise for NHS, threatening strikes 
  • In response, Ministers said rest of the public sector was having a pay freeze 
  • Sources claim a one off bonus could avoid a U-turn and diffuse the row over pay  

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering defusing the row over NHS pay by offering a one-off bonus for health workers.

Unions were angered by a proposed one per cent rise, threatening strikes and demanding 12 per cent instead. 

They said it was a ‘slap in the face’ for nurses.

In response, Ministers said the rest of the public sector was having to accept a pay freeze.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering  offering a one-off bonus for health workers amid a row over pay increases

Unions were angered by a proposed one per cent rise, threatening strikes and demanding 12 per cent instead.

Sources claim a bonus could avoid a U-turn. 

One said: ‘It is an idea being discussed on the margins. 

‘But the fear is that if it is like the £500 dished out in Scotland, they will just bank it and repeat demands for a rise. 

‘The likelihood is that negotiations end up in the 2-3 per cent zone.’

Source: Read Full Article