"94% of our members who voted said that a 3% pay award is unacceptable. This show the strength of feeling among our NHS members who are bitterly disappointed with the 3% pay award. Nurses have not had a decent pay award for the last decade. This comes when inflation is above 3% and national insurance contributions are rising which effectively negates this pay award.
Pre pandemic there were at least 1500 nursing vacancies across Wales. Those vacancies have not been filled and they have an impact on safe and effective patient care. Nurses are leaving the profession because they are physically and mentally exhausted and demoralised.
Covid has highlighted the variety and complexity of the safety critical nursing professional roles and their significant contribution to patient care. Our members cannot continue to prop up the NHS by working non-paid overtime and dealing with the pressure and stress of staff shortages and they have said that loud and clear in this ballot.
I am personally grateful to all our members in Wales who participated in this consultative ballot. In the coming days the result will be considered carefully by the RCN Wales Board, RCN Trade Union Committee, our members’ elected representatives. Collectively, they will confirm the RCN’s next steps based on what our members have told us in this vote.
RCN Wales continues its’ Fair Pay for Nursing campaign which champions fair pay for all nursing staff across all sectors. For this reason, we won’t stop campaigning until our profession is respected, protected and rewarded."