Tuesday 21 March 2023
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UNISON secures pay rise for healthcare assistants at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Healthcare assistants and care support workers at a leading London NHS Trust will see their annual pay rise by nearly £2,000 following a UNISON campaign, the union says today (Tuesday).
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is to regrade nearly a hundred staff from band 2 to band 3 in the pay structure for health workers.
The move will see the employees earning up to an extra £1,859 a year once they complete their care certificate qualification.
The healthcare assistants, represented by UNISON, submitted diaries of their daily tasks that demonstrated they were regularly doing the work of staff in the higher pay grade.
The trust has also committed to working in partnership with UNISON to stop advertising healthcare assistants posts as band 2 roles, except where it is a temporary training post.
UNISON London area organiser Remmi Sexton said: “It was only fair that these workers received pay justice. The dedicated and committed healthcare assistants and care support workers should be paid the going rate for the work they do.
“It’s taken more than year of campaigning, but staff have secured a significant and historic victory. The trust must be commended for working closely with the union on this issue.”
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.
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