Consultative ballots on NHS pay: vote now!

Following the insulting offer of a 3% pay increase to NHS workers in England and Wales, health unions are holding consultative ballots of members on whether to accept this figure, or take further action, to demand a better offer on pay. Keep Our NHS Public believes that a below-inflation 3% “increase” is totally inadequate.

Different unions are holding their consultations on different timescales and in different ways. Consultations in Scotland (where the Scottish government made a different offer on pay) have closed, and consultations in Northern Ireland have not yet opened.

If you are an NHS worker and belong to a union, use the information below to make sure you vote!

Find your union:

Unite

Deadline: 3 October 2021 (England) / 23 September 2021 (Wales)
In England, Unite’s ballot is being run by email – if you are an eligible member, you should receive an email with instructions on how to vote.
In Wales, the ballot is being run postally. You should receive your ballot information by post.
You can make sure your contact and membership information is up-to-date at https://myunite.unitetheunion.org/login. If your email or postal ballot has not arrived, contact support at [email protected] or by calling 02076112500 and asking for the Health Sector.

UNISON

UNISON’s initial consultative ballot has now closed. The ballot returned an 80% vote to REJECT the pay offer, on a turnout of 28%. The union is likely to now progress to an indicative ballot.
More information: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2021/09/weve-been-stabbed-in-the-back-by-boris-johnson/

GMB

GMB’s consultative ballot is now closed. The ballot returned a 93% vote to REJECT the pay offer, on a turnout of 50.2%. The union is likely to now progress to a strike ballot.
More information: https://www.gmb.org.uk/news/gmb-members-reject-nhs-pay-deal-strike-ballot-follow

Royal College of Nursing

The RCN’s consultative ballot is now closed. The ballot voted to REJECT the pay offer, by 91.7% in England and 93.9% in Wales, on a turnout of 25.4% in England and 29.3% in Wales. The RCN’s Trade Union Committee is now considering next steps.
More information: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/uk-nhs-pay-deal-consultation-result-150921

British Medical Association

The BMA has undertaken two consultative exercises, which are now closed. A ballot of consultants showed over 80% voting to REJECT the pay offer. Junior medics (who were excluded from the 3% pay offer altogether) have also been balloted, with results expected soon.

More information: https://www.bma.org.uk/bma-media-centre/consultants-call-on-government-to-restore-original-pay-review-process

Royal College of Podiatry

The Royal College of Podiatry’s consultative ballot is now closed, with results to be announced soon.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM)

Vote (both England and Wales) at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RCMmemberEngWalespay

British Dietetic Association

The BDA is running its ballot by email – if you are an eligible member, you should have received an email with more information. You can update your contact details at https://www.bda.uk.com/login.html, and contact the BDA for support by calling 0121 200 8080, or emailing [email protected].

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy consultation is now closed, with results to be announced soon.

Society of Radiographers

The Society of Radiographers consultation is now closed, with results to be announced soon.