The Scottish government's new pay offer has been recommended for acceptance by a nursing union.
In addition to other promised changes, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) claimed that the 6 point 5 percent increase from April would have a "positive difference" for nurses.
Despite being opposed by three health unions, the government implemented a 70.5 percent increase last year.
They are still at odds, but they have put their strike on hold while they work out the details of the 2023–24 award.
The pay award from the prior year was accepted by Unison and Unite, two other unions with members who work for the NHS.
The 160,000 NHS Scotland employees on Agenda for Change contracts, which include nurses, paramedics, midwives, and porters, were told in a statement by the Scottish government that an additional £568 million had been committed.
There would be an increase of at least 6% for staff up to Band 8a.
A one-time payment totaling between £387 and £939 would also be given to every employee, depending on banding.
The government also promised to review Agenda for Change, the current NHS staff grading and pay system, according to Julie Lamberth, chair of the RCN Scotland board.
We have given the Scottish government's offer, which includes a pay increase and a review of how Agenda for Change affects nursing, some thought, she said.
Our recommendation is that they vote to accept the offer because we think it will benefit our members. ".
The union stated that if members rejected the offer, the mandate for strike action would still be in effect, and strike dates would be sought after.
Tuesday, February 28, through Monday, March 20, are the dates for the consultative election.
While they, like the RCN, suspended industrial action pending negotiations on the 2023 pay award, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the GMB continue to disagree about the agreement from last year.
Both unions declared that they would also talk to their members about the most recent offer.
The deal, according to the RCM, would give the majority of midwives a combined raise of 13–14% over the course of two years in addition to a lump sum.
It said in a statement: "This additional payment was made possible by RCM members' ongoing dispute with the Scottish government regarding the imposed 2022–23 pay offer. ".
The health committee chair for Unison, Wilma Brown, welcomed the 2023 offer but noted that NHS employees had every right to be irate that the government took so long to resolve their pay claim from the previous year.
It's encouraging to see that the government has paid attention and has made an offer for the upcoming year, well in advance of the start of the calendar year, she said. ".
The pay of newly qualified nurses will increase by 15.8 percent, according to Health Secretary Humza Yousaf, who also announced an additional £1 billion for NHS staff compensation over the next two years.
According to Mr. Yousaf, the NHS Agenda for Change employees in Scotland receive by far the highest pay in the entire UK.
In fact, the UK government would need to offer increases in 2023–2024 of more than 14% at the top of band 5, more than 13% at the top of band 6, and more than 12% at the top of band 7 for NHS England to catch up with Scotland, he said.