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Scottish nurses win compensation claim

Unison members to be compensated by NHS Scotland for historic pay discrimination

Nurses are among 3,000 workers who will receive compensation from NHS Scotland for historic pay discrimination before the current pay and conditions system began in 2004.

The deal will award Unison members £350 and £850 before tax and National Insurance are deducted. Those eligible for a payment will be sent letters outlining their settlements.

Scottish health secretary Shona Robison said: ‘The current pay system in NHS Scotland ensures that all staff are reimbursed fairly. But where there have been discriminatory practices in the past, it is right that disadvantaged staff are compensated.’

Unison regional organiser Willie Duffy said: ‘This has been a long time coming and I am pleased to have achieved it without further prolonged employment tribunal proceedings.’

An NHS spokesperson, speaking on behalf of NHS Scotland chief executives, said: ‘We will do our best to make payment as soon as practicable.’

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