We are about to open the ballot for the NHS AFC pay offer for 2022/2023. The pay offer has been circulated previously and I am sure you are all aware of the detail and content of the offer by now. However, it is attached to this circular for ease of reference. 

We are not making a formal recommendation to you on the offer, you will make that decision for yourself based on having all the information to allow you to reach an informed position personal to you. 

What we can say is that as a trade union we are deeply disappointed with the offer and do not feel it in any way adequately reflects either the current cost of living crisis we are all experiencing at present; or the enormous dedicated, professional contribution you have all made in yet another year of unprecedented challenges in the State hospital during the COVID crisis. 

These views and levels of disappointment are echoed across the NHS trade unions and have been communicated very clearly to those responsible for tabling the current offer. 

The ballot itself will be a workplace ballot and will be open from Monday 18th July until Wednesday 3rd August 2022. You will be able to pick up your ballot slip from your local branch committee. Please speak with them for information about the location of the ballot box to allow you to cast your vote. 

Whatever decision you take over the offer, please ensure to use your vote. It is important as a trade union we have as large a response as possible so that we are comfortable that the outcome is a true reflection of our memberships view on this matter.  

There is a meeting scheduled with all the constituent trade unions through STAC on the 11th of August, where each union will make known their respective response to the offer. A joint response will be communicated through STAC to the relevant parties. 


Yours sincerely

On Behalf of POA Scotland 

Assistant General Secretary 

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.