RCN announces ‘test’ vote for industrial action over pay

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The RCN has today announced it will hold an indicative ‘test’ vote on industrial action over Nurses pay.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has today announced that it will hold a ‘test’ vote and consultation on all forms of potential industrial action over Nurses pay.

Members in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who work in the NHS will be asked about the impact of the NHSPRBs recommendation to extend the 1% pay cap. The consultation will determine how the RCN should respond, and whether members would consider taking industrial action – in any form.

How to take part? Find out how to take part in the consultation.

Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary said: “The decision taken today by RCN Council shows their concern for the impact continued pay restraint is having on dedicated nursing staff.

“The pay cap is fueling a recruitment and retention crisis, and when compounded by issues such as down banding, substitution of roles and student funding changes, it’s a perfect storm for nursing.

“I urge members to look out for this consultation and share their views with us; we are a member-led organisation and you will directly shape the next steps of our Nursing Counts campaign.

“Take this important opportunity to make your voice heard.”