RCN members across the UK are campaigning to get the fair pay they deserve
RCN members joined tens of thousands of protesters in London to fight for the future of the NHS. The event was organised by Health Campaigns Together and anti-austerity group the People’s Assembly, and culminated in a rally opposite Downing Street.
Additional funding for a pay rise in England is pledged, so long as pay structure reform is forthcoming and productivity increases.
RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies welcomed the announcement but warned against the suggestion that any pay rise will be linked to nursing staff working even harder.
An RCN survey shows nursing staff are stretched to breaking point on pay.
Of the members who responded to the survey, 70% reported feeling financially worse off than they were five years ago, while 24% say they are thinking of leaving their job because of money worries.
The RCN repeats calls for above inflation pay rise as research shows four in 10 nurses earn below the minimum income standard.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announces that the 1% pay cap for NHS staff has been scrapped, in a victory for the RCN and its members.
“Our members in every corner of the UK fought hard and can be proud of this achievement.”, said Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive.
The RCN warns that it will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay is not lifted in the November budget.
The RCN joins with 13 NHS trade unions to call on the UK Government to scrap the 1% pay cap, match wage increases to inflation and restore lost pay.
Thousands of members make their voices heard at Parliament Square, in the College's largest ever rally.
RCN releases new poll showing public support for #scrapthecap campaign and nursing staff.
70% of voters told YouGov that the NHS now lacks adequate nursing staff. A similar proportion believes nurses are underpaid for their work.
The exclusive YouGov research also found that more than half the public said they are willing to pay more tax to make the NHS safer.
Members take #scrapthecap viral on the campaign's digital day of action.
Cavell Nurses' Trust report finds nursing staff are twice as likely to be unable to afford basic necessities.
RCN evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body shows that average earnings for qualified nurses have fallen in real terms by 13.6% between 2010 and 2016.
Average earnings for health care assistants and assistant health practitioners fell by 9.3% in real terms over the same period.
RCN Frontline First report highlights that the NHS is projected to spend at least £980 million on agency nursing staff by the end of the year.
One-off 1% increase for staff at the top of pay bands in England and Northern Ireland.
1% increase for staff earning over £21,000 in Scotland, but pay freeze for staff earning over £21,000 in Wales.
RCN Frontline First report highlights 20,000 nurse vacancies in England and warns that the UK is heading for a nursing shortage.