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Fair Pay For Nursing

Fair Pay for Nursing

Find out more about the Fair Pay for Nursing campaign and how you can get involved

Industrial action strike ballot

Ballots will be carried out exclusively by post, opening in England and Wales on 15 September 2022. Get ballot ready. Read more in our FAQs.

The campaign

Nursing is the largest safety-critical profession in health care, playing a vital role in patient care.

Despite this, nursing remains understaffed and undervalued. After years of underinvestment, the government must act urgently to protect patient care by protecting the profession.  

You can make a difference

When politicians neglect nursing, they neglect patients. We need members and supporters to come together to achieve a safely staffed workforce.

Support the campaign locally

Find out what's happening on #FairPayforNursing in EnglandScotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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If you are an RCN member, make sure your details are correct so that you are included in ballots.

Campaign materials

Order and download workplace materials to help spread the word about fair pay and patient safety.

Become a campaign supporter

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Message from Denise Kelly, Chair of RCN Trade Union Committee – Industrial Action Strike Ballots

The fight for fair pay

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign is about:

  • recognising that salaries of nursing professionals has consistently fallen below inflation – a fact which is being exacerbated by the cost of living crisis - and must now rise significantly to reflect that. 
  • valuing the training, qualifications, skills, responsibilities and experience demonstrated every day by nursing staff. 
  • ensuring that nursing is seen as an attractive, rewarding profession to tackle the tens of thousands of unfilled nursing posts.
  • the campaign aims to secure a pay increase that is 5% above inflation (measured by RPI).

Governments’ response to this demand will indicate what they believe nursing staff who work outside of the NHS deserve too. We are clear that nursing staff deserve the same and fair pay no matter the setting or sector.

You can learn more about the history of the campaign and key milestones in our campaign timeline.

Funding our health and care system is a political choice. The government should make the right choice now.

Resources for you to download

  • Talk About Pay: Will you advocate for a fair pay rise to achieve a safely staffed workforce? Having effective conversations with colleagues creates lasting change. Use this guide to talk about the fight for fair pay today - your union’s strength comes from its members.
  • RCN campaigning app - The RCN campaigning app provides easy access to information, actions and the latest news related to the RCN’s campaigns 
  • How is pay decided across the UK?
  • Read our last shift survey report to learn what members told us about current staffing levels in their workplace.

Your strength is your numbers

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Join the world's largest union and professional body for nursing.

Join online or call our membership team on 0345 772 6100.
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Page last updated - 10/08/2022