Nurses and healthcare assistants work long and stressful days. Few taking their breaks and most have to work far beyond their contracted hours without pay. For the fifth year running most nursing staff have been refused a cost of living increase.
Not awarding a cost of living increase or paying nurses for extra hours is not the way to value nursing staff.
As part of a national campaign for fair pay, the RCN is identifying NHS trusts across England where members will claim for all the hours they work. These members will be seeking to have their contractual rights met.
RCN members at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust will be taking part in the campaign. They will highlight the Government’s refusal to award them a fair and decent wage.
Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, said:
“Day in and day out, nursing staff go above and beyond for their patients. Anyone who has had contact with a member of the nursing profession over recent years will know just how long their working day is and how hard they work.
“The Government says how much it values NHS staff. The failure to give nurses a cost of living increase coupled with the failure to pay them for the extra work they do sends out a different message.
“Enough is now enough. The RCN is supporting our members to make sure that employers meet their contractual rights.”
RCN Council Member and Steward at East and North Herts NHS Trust, Anne Wells, said:
“Nurses work long hours, beyond their contracted hours and through their breaks. Nurses here will be claiming for the excess hours they work and we’ll be supporting them all the way.”