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RCN Northern Ireland pay campaign

In May 2017, RCN members in Northern Ireland and across the UK voted overwhelmingly to take action on nursing pay. In direct response to that vote, members across Northern Ireland and the UK promoted and delivered the Scrap the Cap pay campaign. 

The campaign sought to overturn the UK Treasury-imposed 1% cap on public sector pay awards. This meant that the real value of nurses’ pay across the UK has fallen by up to 14% since 2010 and further in Northern Ireland.

The Scrap the Cap campaign focused on engagement with RCN members across Northern Ireland and meetings between RCN members and Northern Ireland MPs in order to outline and articulate members’ anger about the impact of the pay cap.

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health in October 2017 that the pay cap has been scrapped, the RCN is now campaigning to address the 2-3% gap between nurses’ pay in Northern Ireland and that in the rest of the UK. The pay gaps are putting patient care at risk. They devalue nurses and nursing, mean people are not joining the profession and force many to leave. Because there are not enough nurses, patients cannot get the care they need. 

You can help by joining the campaign to let other RCN members, politicians and the wider public in Northern Ireland know why we must close the gaps to promote fair pay for Northern Ireland nurses.

Northern Ireland pay campaign background

Find out more about the main areas we are focusing on as part of our pay campaign activity


Keep up to date with all the latest news from the RCN in Northern Ireland


Find out about forthcoming RCN events