In May 2017, RCN members in Northern Ireland and across the UK voted overwhelmingly to take action on nursing pay. In direct response to that vote, members across Northern Ireland and the UK are promoting and delivering the Scrap the Cap pay campaign.
The campaign seeks to overturn the current UK Treasury-imposed 1% cap on public sector pay awards. This has meant that the real value of nurses’ pay across the UK has fallen by up to 14% since 2010 and further in Northern Ireland.
The campaign is currently focused firstly on meetings between RCN members and Northern Ireland MPs in order to outline and articulate members’ anger about the impact of the pay cap. The RCN is also campaigning to address the 2-3% gap between nurses’ pay in Northern Ireland and that in the rest of the UK.
The cap on nursing pay and the Northern Ireland pay gap are putting patient care at risk. They devalue nurses and nursing, and mean people are not joining the profession and many are leaving. Because there are not enough nurses, patients cannot get the care they need.
You can help by joining the campaign to let other RCN members, politicians and the wider public in Northern Ireland know why we must Scrap the Cap and promote fair pay for Northern Ireland nurses.