Bradshaw says health worker pay award a small step in right direction

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has said a backdated pay award for health sector walkers is a small step in the right direction.

Arrangements will be put in place “as soon as possible” for civil servants to implement a wage increase in the absence of an Executive Minister. The payments, which will be backdated, are expected before the end of the financial year.

Ms Bradshaw said it was only the first stage.

“Now what is required is a Minister in place to consider how health workers are to be compensated for the rising cost of living, now we have seen a further rise in inflation.

“Across the public sector, we will also need to determine and deliver a policy which provides for fair play taking account of awards elsewhere in the UK and any ongoing rise in the cost of living arising from the devaluation of sterling.

“So while this news is good, the fact remains we need Ministers in place delivering fair pay for all.”

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