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RCN joins with other health unions to demand pay talks in place of pay review process

11 Jan 2023

Health unions will not submit joint evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body while pay disputes remain unresolved.

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Health unions have announced today (11 January) that they will not submit joint evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) while current pay disputes remain unresolved.

The RCN, along with 13 other unions, together representing more than one million members of nursing staff, ambulance staff, porters and other NHS employees, have instead called for direct pay talks with ministers.

Unions believe the lengthy pay review body process is currently not fit for purpose. The RCN and other unions have also questioned its independence.

In a letter to the PRB, we asked a series of tough questions and are considering its response before taking a final decision about whether to participate individually in its process for this financial year.  

While the joint union submission to the PRB will not happen, individual unions may still submit evidence to the process for the 2023/24 pay year. However, we are primarily seeking urgent and direct negotiations with government.

Page last updated - 11/06/2023