Unite the Union

Unite the Union

May 02, 2007 08:20 ET

Skilled workers retain NHS premium thanks to Unite

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - Around 7,500 electricians, plumbers and technicians working in the NHS will benefit from a tribunal judgment that guarantees they are paid a retention premium that is worth nearly GBP 3,000 per year.

Unite (Amicus section) has won a tribunal on behalf of four members against Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust which sought to opt out of a premium which was part of nationally agreed terms and conditions. The premium was introduced following the implementation of the national agreement 'Agenda for Change' as a way of recruiting and retaining skilled workers. The Tribunal has confirmed that the four members are entitled to a recruitment and retention premium worth nearly GBP 3,000 per year.

Unite Head of health, Kevin Coyne, said:
"This decision is great news for this group of highly skilled workers. It sends a very clear message to Trusts that they cannot just pick and choose from national agreements.

"It is disappointing that Newcastle Foundation Trust has spent large amounts of tax payers money pursuing spurious legal challenges to our national agreement when there they should be targeting money at improving patient care.

Unite was formed on 1st May 2007 by a merger of Amicus and the T&G. The union has 1.97million in the UK, making it the country's largest trade union.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Officer
    Liane Groves
    07793 661 657 or 020 7420 8937