RCN rejects Scotland’s 4% pay offer warning of a ‘forceful stand’ this summer

The College has warned the PM that nurses will make a “forceful stand” for a significant pay increase in the summer.

James McKay
12 May 2021
RCN Voice of Nursing

A huge 68.5% of those who took part voted to reject the offer.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members in Scotland have voted to reject the Government’s recent 4% pay offer.


A total of 26.9% of eligible members took part in the vote, and 68.5% of those who took part voted to reject the offer.

Under the proposed deal, those on pay bands of 1 to 4 would receive a flat uplift of £1,009, band 5 to 7 would receive a 4% pay increase, bands 8a to 8c would receive 2% pay increase, and bands 8d and 9 would receive a flat uplift of £800.

It comes on top of a £500 “thank-you payment” for health and care workers in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic.

The proposed rise would have been backdated to December 2020.


Earlier today it was announced that Unison had accepted Scotland’s 4% pay offer and calls for it to be implemented as ‘soon as possible’.

The College will now join GMB, who also rejected the deal, in consulting its members on the next steps.

Make a forceful stand.

RCN Acting General Secretary and Chief Executive Pat Cullen said:  “This result shows the strength of feeling across the nursing profession. I pay heartfelt thanks to all our members in Scotland – they have sent the First Minister a message and she will need to listen.

“It also shows Boris Johnson cannot expect plain sailing ahead. This summer, when his NHS pay announcement comes, he can expect nursing staff in the rest of the UK to make a forceful stand for a significant pay increase.


“Nursing staff are the biggest part of the health and care workforce and he must think carefully before taking further steps down this road.

“Our members have made clear why they, their colleagues and their patients need to see a pay rise of 12.5 per cent. With tens of thousands of vacancies jeopardising safe care, a significant pay rise will value their skills and keep more people in the profession as a key part of the pandemic recovery.

“The UK Treasury can afford it. It is patients who cannot afford for politicians not to do it.”

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