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Reading between the lines of the proposed pay deal

Despite the government's latest decision to allow pay to increase, staff nurse Emma Cowen is hesitant over the committment, and warns you to give the proposal a second – and third – read. 

Despite the government's latest decision to allow pay to increase, staff nurse Emma Cowen is hesitant over the commitment, and warns you to give the proposal a second – and third – read.

The government has agreed to give us a pay rise – finally.

You may feel the temptation to get excited about this, or feel like we have won. Don’t. A quick read of the proposed deal is confusing. A more thorough read is still confusing, but with the addition of a slow sinking-heart feeling.

The terms of the deal are murky and convoluted; the pay rise seems to be spread out over several years and each banding is subject to different pay criteria. While the terms are still being finalised and nothing is formally agreed yet, there are alarming references to fundamental changes being made to our annual

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