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Ballot could be called if cap remains in place

28 Sep 2017

The RCN will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay is not lifted in the November budget.

Ballot to be called if cap remains in place
The decision to continue the campaign for fair nursing pay was made by RCN Council yesterday after the College condemned the UK Government’s “vague” signals that there will be increased wage rises from next year. 
 
The Treasury has written to the NHS Pay Review Body setting out its remit for making recommendations on pay. It reiterates that it can apply greater “flexibility” in its approach but fails to explicitly mention scrapping the cap.  
 
Now the RCN’s focus turns political with members encouraged to lobby their MP before the Budget on 22 November.
 
The College had representatives at the Labour Party Conference and will be looking to influence senior politicians at the Conservative Party Conference next week. 
 
The RCN, alongside 13 NHS trade unions, has demanded to see wage increases that match inflation and an additional £800 consolidated lump sum for all staff to make up for the years of lost pay.
 
The RCN will be contacting members soon about ways they can prepare for any future ballot on industrial action.

 

Close the Gap

We call on the UK Government to show it values nursing staff with a pay award in line with RPI inflation plus £800, to begin to make up for years of lost earnings caused by real-terms cuts to nursing pay.

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