Nurses in Wales are to receive their full annual pay increase, ahead of their colleagues in England.
The unstaged pay increase of 2.5%, backdated to 1 April,
was announced by health minister Edwina Hart, who said they “deserved
their pay in full”.
The Welsh Assembly Government had originally gone with a UK Government decision to delay part of the rise until November.
Unions had criticised this and were considering strike action.
The Royal College of Nursing Wales (RCN) welcomed the decision, which will be implemented across several departments.
Key NHS workers in Wales including ancillary,
administrative and clerical staff, support services including catering,
estates and maintenance, hotel services and security will also receive
the full pay rise, said Mrs Hart.
The additional costs would be managed as an “in-year pressure” within the health and social services budget, she said.
“This will significantly help to improve staff morale
within the NHS and clearly demonstrates how much I value their hard
work and dedication,” said Ms Hart. (source)
In a disgusting attempt to get the money back however, Gwent NHS Trust has brought in staff car parking fees at Ysbyty'r
Tri Chwm in Ebbw Vale, and may do the same at Newport's Royal Gwent and
Nevill Hall in Abergavenny.
Hospital workers have staged a demonstration against the introduction of £120-a-year car parking charges.
A spokesman for the trust said: “Charging for car parking is now standard practice in virtually every trust in south Wales.
“We will continue to work with staff and their
representatives to reach agreement at Ysbyty'r Tri Chwm, but we must
maintain equity with all our staff who currently pay charges on other
The Treasury giveth with one hand, and taketh with the other.
NuLab – Destroying Britain from the inside out.