Fair Pay For Nursing timeline

This is how we have been campaigning with our members to secure an early and significant pay rise for nursing staff.

August 2020

RCN launches Fair Pay For Nursing campaign

September 2020

We hosted regular Q&As with members about our campaign.

October 2020

Dame Donna Kinnair delivers a powerful message to government in her first major speech to RCN members since COVID-19 pandemic declared, responded to the Government’s announcement of the Spending Review in November and launched our email your MP action for members to email their MPs ahead of the Spending Review. Every MP across the UK received an email about the campaign

November 2020

We signed a joint letter with other health unions to demand an early pay rise to value staff and took the campaign to Westminster and asked MPs if they Clapped us? Back us. New polling shows public support for a pay rise for nursing staff remains high during the pandemic. The Spending review is missed opportunity to give NHS nursing staff early and significant pay rise as RCN opposes pay freeze for other public sector workers. We hosted our first virtual rally for the campaign, and we launch our petition to the Prime Minister to demand an early and significant pay rise for nursing.

January 2021

We urge prime minister to speed up NHS pay rise as poll shows public in favoursubmitted evidence to the NHS pay review body (PRB) outlining our pay claim and reiterating our demand for a fully funded 12.5% pay increase for nursing staff, and held our second virtual event for the campaign.

February 2021

Valuing You Week - A week of online webinars providing RCN members with practical support.

March 2021

We respond to the government's 1% pay award in England, the COVID bonus in Wales and Senedd debate on NHS pay. Dame Donna Kinnair addresses RCN members at our Joint Representative conference. RCN members give evidence to the NHS pay body review as analysis confirms nurses' real-terms pay cut. Members in Scotland consider pay offer for NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff.

April 2021

We respond to and open consultative ballot on NHS pay offer for RCN members in Scotland.

May 2021

RCN members in Scotland reject the Scottish government pay offer and express their disappointmentNew polling shows public support remains strong for a proper wage rise for NHS staff in England. RCN calls for members to update their details to receive campaign updates. 

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