Members protest against cuts and local pay
Published: 22 October 2012
Royal College of Nursing members marched through London on Saturday 20 October to oppose cuts in the NHS and highlight concerns about national pay and conditions.
A Future that works, a march organised by the Trades Union Congress, saw members walk from Victoria Embankment, past parliament, to a rally in Hyde Park.
There was a strong turn-out from the south west, where a cartel of 20 NHS trusts is attempting to introduce regional pay, reduce annual leave and increase working hours.
RCN Chief Executive Dr Peter Carter said: “Last year’s march showed the depth of anger about the public sector cuts that are taking places and I was immensely proud that so many members turned out to march together.
“However, since then, the post and service losses have not stopped. The march is a visible and tangible way for our members to register their serious concerns.”