RCN members across the UK are campaigning to get the fair pay they deserve
Half the cost of lifting the NHS pay cap would come back to the Government, according to think tank.
Comments come as research shows four in 10 nurses earn below the minimum income standard.
Frontline nursing staff today handed a petition of 67,000 names to Downing Street, opposing the UK Government’s policy on public sector pay.
The RCN has said that health and care providers must give urgent assurances that services are safe for patients this winter, after new analysis reveals falling nurse numbers.
In a victory for the RCN and its members, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today said the 1% pay cap for NHS staff has been scrapped.
The RCN will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay is not lifted in the November budget.
The RCN, with 13 NHS trade unions, is calling on the Government to scrap the 1% pay cap, match wage increases to inflation and restore lost pay.
UK Government fails to explicitly scrap the cap in House of Commons debate.
Campaigning will continue following latest government announcement.
Nursing staff and supporters descended on central London this afternoon as the RCN’s summer of protest culminated with the College’s largest ever rally.