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Campaign for fair pay in Yorkshire and the Humber

7 Feb 2017

RCN activists from this region joined an RCN lobby of MPs ahead of their debate on nursing pay. Council and Regional Board member Anne Kennedy and local rep Katie Ashton represented members from Yorkshire and the Humber

The debate was triggered after a petition started by RCN member Danielle Tiplady reached 100,000 signatures.

Anne Kennedy said: “I travelled to the lobby on behalf of colleagues I work alongside in Bradford and RCN members I represent as Council Member for Yorkshire and the Humber. I wanted to tell MP’s about how my colleagues are struggling financially having taken a significant real-terms pay cut as a result of years of pay restraint. I am seeing hardship and cases where nurses are working additional hours just to make ends meet. So many of our members already have to cope with pressures of increasing workload while nursing vacancies across the country remain unfilled, they are worn out and demoralised.

"It was great to have the support of my colleagues and members locally and nationally, I made sure I tweeted and used social media to show where I was and what I was there for, and they responded positively, even encouraging me to “go get ‘em” - I think that was in reference to MP’s!

"When we met with those MP’s that were able to attend we found them attentive and they listened to our concerns, I know many were moved by the stories told so eloquently by members from all over the country many of whom had taken the time out of their schedules to travel to London.

"So much was achieved in using this opportunity, the day was not about a vote to scrap the cap but to promote the debate that was triggered following the successful petition. I was also there to raise awareness with MP’s and show our members how the RCN is actively campaigning on their behalf.

"We need to keep the momentum going because the campaign to scrap the cap is well and truly on the radar of politicians, we need to persevere in raising our concerns about the real hardship our members are experiencing and ensure our voice is heard; the fight for fair pay continues."   

The debate was sponsored by Catherine McKinnell MP and there was support for the RCN case from across all sides of the House.

The Pay Review Body will make its recommendation to the Government by the end of February.

You can read Janet Davies’ blog about the debate and the continuing campaign here.

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