Years of below inflation pay awards has seen nursing salaries fall far behind the cost of living – 14% in total. Experienced staff have left the profession and those who stayed are overstretched and undervalued.
We'll submit our evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body in December – the body that makes recommendations to UK governments on NHS pay – outlining the need for a pay rise.
At the same time, RCN negotiators will be working with other trade unions to achieve the best possible deal.
The decision on the next pay award will come in spring 2018. Until then, we'll continue to apply pressure on the governments across the UK to ensure that the pay award closes the gap on years of real-terms pay cuts.
Email your MP
Ask your MP to write to the Chancellor ahead of the Budget on 22 November, calling for additional NHS funding to close the gap on nursing pay.