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Regional Director's Message

Bernell Bussue, SEN, RMN, RGN, DMS, MBA

Bernell Bussue has been Regional Director at RCN London since 2005. Bernell has a clinical background in cardio-thoracic and intensive care nursing and spent five years working in the Middle East earlier in his career, returning to the UK private sector and later to the NHS where he held senior positions managing surgery and orthopaedic units, before time as an Operations Manager in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. 

You can contact Bernell by email to bernell.bussue@rcn.org.uk or on Twitter at @BernellRCN.

Regional Director's message

After the pay poll result showed how frustrated and angry members were at the policy of pay restraint, congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for a summer of protest against the cap. This would be followed by a ballot for industrial action if the Government did not listen and act.

Here at RCN London we decided to launch our Summer of Protest campaign in the Capital with a demonstration outside the Department of Health on 27 June. Members and staff gathered with banners and sent a clear message to Jeremy Hunt and the government that the 1% pay cap has to be lifted.

It was brilliant to see our demonstration covered across regional and national media. It marked a great start to the campaign and one which we can all build on.

It’s fair to say our campaign to scrap the cap has also lit a spark across the public sector. Pay restraint has affected many of our fellow public servants from firefighters to teachers, police officers and other health workers. It is now imperative that we keep the pressure on.

As we continue through our summer of protest, we want more and more of our members to get involved in campaign activities. There are many ways to do so:
  • Become a pay champion and receive a pack of resources to help you spread the message in your workplace
  • Get in touch with your local branch – each branch will be developing a plan to raise awareness in their area.
  • Come along to one of our workplace stalls – Branch reps and members of the RCN London team will be setting up stalls in workplaces across London to spread the word to staff and the public about the pay campaign
  • Spread the word on social media – check out RCN London Twitter and Facebook
Finally, as Regional Director, I want to thank everyone who joined us for one of RCN London's biggest events to date. On July 27 2017 we held a special pay rally at Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street, from 4 – 6pm. We were joined by special guest speakers and made it very clear to the government, on their doorstep, that the pay cap has to go, now. 

The RCN and its members have never before been pushed to take these kind of measures. It is a sign that things have got to change. Together we can make a difference.

Bernell Bussue, SEN, RMN, RGN, DMS, MBA
Regional Director, RCN London
July 2017