Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has reiterated her support for the HSC workforce and for the implementation of a living wage.
The Minister said: “I am aware of, and sympathetic towards, the Trade Union campaign for a living wage for all health and social care staff , which is based on the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage.
"I have said before and I want to reiterate that our staff are the biggest asset that we have, and that is why I implemented the NHS Pay Review Body recommendation of a 1% consolidated pay uplift for 2016/17.
“Whilst the Executive's public sector pay policy does not mandate the application of a living wage, it is important we work towards the application of such for HSC staff in the context of developing an affordable package of pay reform."
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