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.
Indicative ballots in England and Wales closed at 12 noon on 30 November. 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 3% pay award is unacceptable. Results will be announced soon.
In Scotland, RCN members voted to reject the pay award, RCN Scotland lodged a trade dispute with the Scottish Government and an indicative ballot has been conducted to understand members’ views on industrial action. A pay award for NHS staff in Northern Ireland is due soon and members will be consulted once it is announced.
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?
Make sure ballots and consultations reach you so you can have your say
- Order workplace materials
- Download our ten questions about industrial action
- Download our Fair Pay For Nursing public flyer (Welsh language version)
- Download our pay campaign poster (Welsh language version 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Download our ‘clapped us? back us’ poster (Welsh language version)
- Download our 'what next for pay?' business card (Welsh language version)
- Download our 'don't miss out' business card (Welsh language version)
Our members were very clear in telling the Prime Minster that his NHS pay deal was completely unacceptable – it fails the test of fairness and it fails to address the current crisis by not taking action to safely staff our wards and clinics.
When the vote opens, the power is once again in the hands of nursing staff. I urge as many members as possible to speak up and tell us whether they believe industrial action is needed to turn things around for our patients.