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21st November 2014

NHS workers in Wales get separate Wales-only pay deal for first time

NHS workers in Wales learned yesterday, November 20, that their unions have accepted a Wales-only pay deal negotiated with the Welsh Government.

It's the first time that NHS staff in Wales have had a separate pay deal from their English counterparts. The deal covers 77,000 workers but excludes doctors and dentists.

The pay rise was agreed after negotiations between unions, NHS managers and Welsh Government officials at a meeting in Wrexham. The deal includes a cash payment this year, the introduction of the living wage for the lowest paid from January, and a 1% rise across the board from April.

The agreement means that strike action that has been affecting hospitals in England has now been suspended in Wales. Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:"This two-year, made-in-Wales pay deal demonstrates our ongoing commitment to staff working in the NHS in these challenging financial times.

"Our overriding priority has been - and continues to be - to maintain jobs at the frontline of NHS Wales against a backdrop of severe cuts to our budget. I am pleased that in Wales we have been able to avoid significant strike action by agreeing a mutual position - this is a credit to all parties," he added.

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