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Use your vote

 Dame Donna Kinnair 19 Sep 2018 Chief Executive and General Secretary

Acting Chief Executive & General Secretary urges members to have their say on the future direction of the RCN.

Vote in the EGM
In Birmingham next Friday, RCN members from across the UK will meet at an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss how the RCN shared information about the recent NHS pay deal in England. 
I will address the meeting as Acting Chief Executive and update members on the work of the College in the coming months. 
With the EGM and vote fast approaching, I want to take this opportunity to shine a light on some of the things we’ve achieved this year – change only possible when RCN members, Council and staff work together in the best interests of the profession.
Only twelve months ago, thousands of us stood united in Parliament Square to call on the UK Government to scrap the 1% cap on nursing pay.
We did it, and a few months later the RCN and other NHS trade unions negotiated the largest pay deal for nursing staff in a decade from a Government determined to continue with its austerity programme. 
The RCN even convinced ministers to drop their plans to cut your annual leave.
I know we have a long way to go, but this is the first step towards closing the pay gap that has opened up after years of real-terms cuts.
Following pressure from the RCN, the deal has been extended to many staff on Agenda for Change contracts not directly employed by the NHS but who provide NHS-commissioned services. 
Having received confirmation that the three year deal is fully funded, our focus now turns to delivering on the remaining areas of the agreement in England, including pay progression, apprentice pay, bank and agency terms, sickness absence and pay in the independent sector – areas I know are of great importance to our membership.
One of the key messages from the EGM petitioners has been that we are not representing members views. The report of the independent review shows where we need to work differently and I’m  determined that the College will learn and improve.
This will no doubt be the topic of discussion in Birmingham. What’s vital is that you have a say on this and the future direct of the RCN by registering your choice of proxy by Wednesday 26 September
Information about how to vote can be found on the RCN website and check your inbox for an email from the Electoral Reform Services too.
Read more: Ten facts before the Extraordinary General Meeting
Dame Donna Kinnair

Dame Donna Kinnair

Chief Executive & General Secretary

Prior to her appointment as Acting Chief Executive & General Secretary, Dame Donna was Director of Nursing, Policy and Practice and worked with UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement RCN professional nursing, policy and practice strategy.

Before joining the RCN, Donna held various roles, including Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.
Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.

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