The UK government and several trade unions representing health professionals in England agree in principle on a new wage agreement. The agreement may put an end to the large-scale strikes carried out by health unions.
The Parties agree on a salary increase of five percent in the following financial year.
The deal also includes a further increase of two percent of current salary and a bonus of at least £1250 – equivalent to nearly SEK 16,000.
The agreement applies, among other things, to around one million employees in the national health system NHS.
The leading trade unions, including the Royal College of Nursing, which announced its first strike in December, urge members to agree to the agreement.
"The Members took the most difficult of decisions to go on strike, I think they have been justified today," writes Secretary General Pat Cullen in a statement.