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Billions for bankers, nothing for nursing staff

23 Sep 2022

RCN condemns Chancellor’s plan as we continue to urge members to vote for strike action.

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The RCN says nursing staff will be dismayed by the UK Government decision to prioritise well-off bankers over NHS and social care staff, some of whom are using food banks and live on a financial knife-edge. 

Our comments were made in response to Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s announcement made in the House of Commons today (23 September), when he said he would end the cap on bankers’ bonuses.  

He also outlined a number of tax cuts and plans to address rising energy bills in The Growth Plan 2022.  

RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen said: “This statement gave billions to bankers and nothing to nursing staff. What clearer sign could there be of a government with the wrong priorities.” 

She added: “Ministers have taken advantage of the goodwill of nursing staff for far too long, and we’re urging our members to vote in favour of strike action when our ballot opens." 

Our ballot of members working for the NHS and HSC for our fight for fair pay will take place between Thursday 6 October and Wednesday 2 November.  

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