Published: 11/11/2004, Volume II4, No. 5931 Page 7

Unison has voted overwhelmingly to back the Agenda for Change pay reforms due to be brought in next month.

More than three-quarters of Unison NHS members gave the deal the go-ahead, with the yes vote announced on Tuesday. The decision is dependent on further talks around unsocial hours pay.

Amicus, whose ballot closes today, could still reject the proposals. National officer for health Gail Cartmail said that the union hierarchy had made no recommendation on which way to vote.

She added that because many Amicus members came from smaller NHS staff groups they had been 'at the back of the queue' for job profiling in the 12 Agenda for Change pilot sites.

A Department of Health spokesperson said it would be possible for the union negotiating group to agree in favour of the pay reforms even if an individual union voted no. The staff-side unions will meet in mid-November to discuss their collective position.