Pay increases average 13.5% as new public sector pay system implemented


After lengthy negotiations a new public sector pay structure is in place that means significant increases to the coefficients used to calculate salaries for different occupations. Overall public sector workers are set to benefit on average by 13.5% in comparison to pay levels in 2023. Most unions are generally happy with the new system, including the HSSMS-MT nurses’ and health workers’ union which is one of 11 to sign the public sector collective agreement. However, other unions, including teaching unions, are unhappy with the outcome and argue that the new system fails to deliver appropriate pay levels for many of their members. The SDLSN trade union has also raised concerns in relation to the treatment of certain prison staff, firefighters and workers in the judiciary who were involved in a long dispute last year when the government argued that the new pay system would address their concerns.

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