Members of the GMB have rejected the Scottish Authorities’s “greatest and remaining” pay provide for NHS employees.
The union – which has greater than 8,000 members working within the NHS, together with 1,700 within the ambulance service – has a mandate for strike motion.
They’re the primary of the health unions to show down the wage hike. Earlier this week Unison and Unite accepted the pay deal value a mean of seven.5 per cent.
Members of the Royal Faculty of Nursing are nonetheless voting on the provide with the poll resulting from shut on Monday.
GMB Scotland senior organiser Keir Greenaway mentioned the rejection “displays our members’ views and the realities of this provide.”
He mentioned: “It’s nonetheless beneath inflation for the overwhelming majority of employees, who labored by means of the depths of the pandemic and are struggling within the grip of this cost-of-living disaster, and it doesn’t go far sufficient in itself to confront the understaffing disaster affecting frontline companies both.”
The GMB’s announcement got here as nurses in England, Wales and Northern Eire took to the picket strains for the primary time of their historical past.
Mr Greenway mentioned: “The Scottish Authorities has contrasted its strategy on commerce union engagement with that of the UK Authorities, so we at the moment are asking the Cupboard Secretary to follow what he preaches by assembly our members this facet of Christmas to proceed discussions over their worth and the sustainability of their companies.”