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Meet with your elected representative

RCN members across the UK are campaigning to get the fair pay they deserve

Now that the pay cap has been scrapped, governments across the UK must ensure nursing staff get the pay award they deserve.

We are encouraging members to arrange a meeting with their elected representative (Members of Parliament (MP) in England and Wales or Members of the Scottish Parliament(MSP)) to share your stories and to ask MPs or MSPs to support our campaign to close the gap.

In Northern Ireland, RCN pay champions have now completed a programme of engagement their MPs.

Why meeting with your representative is important:

We need your help to keep the political pressure on each UK government so that they give nursing staff an above inflation pay award that makes up for years of real-terms pay cuts. The best way to do this is through meetings with your elected representatives where you can ask them to keep this issue on the political agenda.

Constituency meetings are an opportunity for you to talk about the impact of poor pay on you and your colleagues, and how it affects staff morale and compromises patient safety. 

It's important to remember that the RCN is not affiliated to any political party.  We work alongside organisations and individuals from a range of backgrounds who champion our causes to achieve the best deal for nursing.

Tell us:

Before arranging a meeting, please contact your local RCN office.

We can support you to arrange, prepare and feedback on your meeting. We can provide you with:

  • a sample email asking to meet with your elected representative
  • information and background on your representative to help you build this relationship
  • send you a briefing about key nursing issues and the numbers of RCN members in your constituency

I live in England or Wales

Meet with your MP.

I live in Scotland

Meet with your MSP.
Meeting and influencing your MP: a toolkit

Meeting and influencing your MP: a toolkit

This is a practical guide to help you contact and meet with your MP, including some top tips on developing the relationship. 

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Close the gap

Close the Gap

RCN members across the UK are campaigning to get the fair pay they deserve.

Find more information about the Close the Gap campaign.

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