Fair Pay For Nursing

What next for NHS pay

Members in England, Scotland and Wales have voted in consultative and indicative ballots on NHS pay and made clear that the fight for fair pay is far from over.

The ballots asked if members were willing to take industrial action over NHS pay, or support colleagues to even if they wouldn’t themselves. This comes after members voted to say the pay award made in their country is unacceptable. Results are being considered by elected members and next steps will be announced soon. 

Click on the country names below for more information on each one.

Members voted to reject the pay award, RCN Scotland lodged a trade dispute with the Scottish Government and in an indicative ballot 90% of members who voted said they’d be willing to take industrial action short of strike while 58% would be willing to withdraw their labour in strike action. Read more here.

After the vast majority of members who voted in a consultation said that a 3% pay award is unacceptable, an indicative ballot was carried out from 4 – 30 November. In this ballot, 89% said they’re willing to take action short of strike and 54% would be willing to withdraw their labour in strike action. Read more here

Following a consultation in which 94% of members who voted said the 3% pay award is unacceptable, RCN Wales entered into a trade dispute with the Welsh government. In an indicative ballot held from 4 – 30 November, 91% of members who voted said they’re willing to take action short of strike and 56% would withdraw their labour in strike action. Read more here.

In November 2021, the Northern Ireland Executive announced a 3% pay award which members will now be consulted on. Dates for this consultative ballot will be announced soon.

 

Make sure you can have your say in any ballots on pay by checking your details in MyRCN now.

The fight for will not end until the profession is respected and protected. Don’t miss the chance to have your say for yourself, your profession and the safety of your patients.

Indicative Ballot on NHS Pay

What is industrial action?

Check your details are correct so you can vote in ballots about your pay

Don’t miss the chance to have your say on pay wherever you are. Your details must be up to date to vote in ballots. Log into MyRCN and check your details are up to date so you can have your say when it matters 

Make sure ballots reach you so you can have your say

Image of Graham Revie, Chair of the RCN Trade Union Committee

Ministers must stop pulling the wool over the public’s eyes and put patients’ interests above political point-scoring. There is a strong signal to Governments that the nursing voice must be heard and acted on.

Politicians boast about how many more nurses they’ve recruited but it’s just one side of the story. With colleagues voting with their feet and tens of thousands of unfilled vacancies, patients can’t get the care they deserve. 

Graham Revie Chair of the RCN Trade Union Committee

Take action today

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