Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Agreement over Isle of Man health and care staff pay

The Isle of Man government has reached an agreement in pay negotiations with health and social care staff that will see 1,400 staff get a one off payment.

The agreement, for nursing staff and other care workers, covers the financial year from 1 April, 2010.

Those earning less than £25,000 a year will receive £350 and those on less than £43,500 will be paid £250. The payment is non-pensionable.

Affected staff will receive the payment in January 2012.

Negotiations for the year 2011/12 are still continuing.

'Independent arbitration'

David Anderson (MHK), Isle of Man minister for health said: "I would like to commend all concerned with the negotiations for meeting the challenge of balancing staff expectations with the pressures on Government to control expenditure."

Steve Salter, regional industrial organiser for the Unite union, said: "We all firmly believe that now the offer has been accepted future pay negotiations will not be as protracted.

"The changes that we have agreed upon ensure that if agreements on pay in future cannot be settled through open dialogue between the unions and the employer we will now have as an option to revert the matter to independent arbitration through the island's industrial relations officer.

"We feel that we have managed to achieve a settlement that can be implemented without the added worry of jobs being cut to fund it which was a paramount concern for all the unions involved in these negotiations."

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