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What happens next on pay

 Glenn Turp 30 Nov 2017

It was a massive achievement for nurses everywhere to push the Secretary of State to 'scrap the cap'.

All those signed postcards, stalls in workplaces, conversations with colleagues and members of the public, everything added to that pressure. Every single action, every tweet, every email, every attendee at our bigger events in Leeds, Sheffield and London, every single thing has contributed to that result. For everything you did in the summer-long campaign you should be immensely proud. Campaigning whilst working in a demanding job and looking after your family is an immense feat.

But you’d be forgiven for thinking that nothing has changed, your salary is just the same, despite Jeremy Hunt’s announcement on 10 October.

Some of you are asking us why we’re celebrating when you’re still bringing home the same amount of money every week.
Unfortunately change like this does not happen overnight. The first step of getting more money into your pocket was to scrap the Government-imposed cap. This was holding back the Pay Review Body from recommending a fair and sensible increase.
Now that the cap has gone the PRB are freed up to make an above 1% recommendation to the Government, and we are submitting verifiable evidence to this group to push for them to do so.

You may also have read reports that NHS staff may have to forfeit aspects of established terms and conditions, known as the Agenda for Change (AfC) agreement, in order to find the money for a pay rise. Senior staff at the RCN are taking part in NHS staff council negotiations alongside other union representatives to ensure that things like unsocial hours payments and pay bands remain protected and that the pay rise is not funded through other cuts. We understand that unsocial hours payment will not be under question.

Since AfC was first implemented a decade ago, the RCN has been involved in negotiations to vigorously defend these terms and conditions and we continue to do this. Attempted attacks on AfC are not a new thing and our organisation has a great deal of experience at negotiating at a very senior level.

Suggesting increased productivity is ridiculous at a time when the NHS is understaffed by 40,000 nurses. We are working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure you get an award you deserve. But this cannot and will not happen overnight. 
Nurses in every sector are also working hard, doing extra and in many cases are worn out. We are keeping the pressure on MPs and will continue to do so until this is settled. 
The PRB will report in the spring and make its recommendation to the Government.
Jeremy Hunt will then announce the pay award for the year ahead.
When the announcement is made, RCN Council will consult members and all options, including balloting for industrial action, remain on the table.

Glenn Turp

Glenn Turp

Regional Director

Yorkshire and the Humber and Northern regions

Glenn qualified as a nurse in 1983 and spent most of his nursing career in acute nursing before working in NHS management with the Leeds Health Authority and Leeds Teaching Hospitals. He began working for the RCN in 1994.