The RCN is campaigning for Fair Pay For Nursing.
The pandemic has given the public a better understanding of the safety critical role of nursing and our profession’s central contribution to the NHS in Scotland.
Nursing is a safety critical profession that relies on retention of existing staff and recruitment of new staff to ensure patients are cared for safely, whatever the setting.
Every patient needs and deserves the best quality of care possible.
Our profession deserves fair pay that recognises our skills, expertise and level of responsibility, and supports retention and recruitment to ensure patient safety.
Trade dispute in Scotland
RCN members in Scotland are in a trade dispute with Scottish government and NHS Scotland employers.
RCN Scotland Board Chair wrote to Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf with formal notification of the trade dispute on 23 June.
The lodging of the trade dispute follows the Scottish government’s decision to implement the single-year NHS pay offer for 2021-22 without engaging in further discussions about RCN Scotland members’ rejection of the pay offer in a consultative ballot in May.
Representatives of the RCN Scotland Board met with the Cabinet Secretary on Wednesday 21 July to discuss the trade dispute. They emphasised members anger and frustration at the lack of value placed on nursing staff by the Scottish government. The Cabinet Secretary requested time to consider what options might be available and a further meeting is being arranged for August.
Read our comment on the trade dispute.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions (below) for more information about the trade dispute and what this means.
Check this page regularly for updates and look out for emails on NHS pay in Scotland from the RCN.
If you have questions about the pay offer or the next steps, please email PayCampaignScotland@rcn.org.uk
Read the Scottish government NHS Scotland Agenda for Change pay offer in full.