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RCN raises possibility of industrial action over pay

Two unions representing health workers have raised the possibility of industrial action over the government's pay award announced today.

600,000 NHS staff will not get the 1% pay rise announced this morning.

The Treasury says those staff have had wage rises due to the pay progression scheme, which recognises new skills or improved performance. It will save the Department of Health £200 million in 2014-15.

Unions say that is a "divisive" measure which shows "compete contempt" for NHS staff.

Both Unite - the country's largest union - and Unison - which represents many health workers - say they plan to consult their members and will ask if they want to consider taking industrial action.

Even the Royal College of Nursing, which does not usually take industrial action, would not rule out doing so.

The RCN told ITV News that the pay award is "incredibly divisive" and nurses will be "very, very angry."

Alexander: Public sector pay deal is a 'fair balance'

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has told ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship the government's pay deal to public sector workers is a "right, fair balance".

It was announced today that public sector workers will receive a one per cent increase to their pay, apart from those who already receive "progresson-in-job" increases due their length of service. These increases are typically worth more than three per cent.

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Unite consults on industrial action over pay deal

The Unite union says it will be consulting its health service members on possible industrial action following the Government's refusal to sanction the recommended one per cent pay rise for all NHS staff.

Unite said the Health Secretary’s decision to accept the recommendation of the independent Pay Review Body, for only those not receiving annual increments, was a "divide and rule" tactic and will see about 45 per cent of the NHS workforce getting no cost of living pay increase at all from April 1.

Rachael Maskell, of Unite, said: “Jeremy Hunt has adopted a divide and rule tactic which calls into serious question the relevance of the so-called independent PRB.

“He is deliberately muddying the waters by trying to imply that the annual increment that staff receive, as they gain more skills to benefit patients throughout their careers, is part of the annual pay increase – it is not. It is despicable that Hunt has adopted such an underhand tactic."

Treasury: We must continue public sector pay restraint

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said the Government needs to continue with "public sector pay restraint" to rectify the nation's finances.

Public sector workers make a vital contribution to the effective delivery of public services. We need to continue with public sector pay restraint in order to put the nation’s finances back on a sustainable footing.

We are delivering on our commitment to a one per cent pay rise for all except some of the most senior public sector workers.

– Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander

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600,000 NHS workers not eligible for 1% pay increase

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

Half of NHS staff to receive 1% pay rise

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:

Government to announce public sector pay deal

Those working in the public sector will find out today by how much their pay will increase in the next financial year.

The Government is set to announce its plans for public sector pay later today. Credit: Press Association.

The Government is to give its response later to a number of reports from review bodies.

Unions representing more than one million NHS workers across the UK have pressed for a decent rise after two years of wage freezes followed by a 1% increase.

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