RCN move towards balloting members on industrial action

The Royal College of Nursing is set to ballot members on industrial action if the government does not commit to scrapping the pay cap.

The Royal College of Nursing has warned that unless the next Government explicitly removes the 1% cap on pay, it will hold a ballot on industrial action later – which could lead to the first ever strike by its members in its 100-year history.

The RCN, alongside 13 NHS trade unions, have demanded to see wage increases that match inflation plus an additional £800 consolidated lump sum for all staff to make up for the years of lost pay.

In September the Government removed the ‘hard cap’ on public sector pay but only stated there would be “greater flexibility” for independent pay review bodies in the future. The union criticised the government for “vague” signals that there will be increased wage rises from next year.

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The news comes only days after the RCN called for an “urgent review” of hospital staffing levels after they warned patient safety and dignity is being put at risk by over-stretched services.

It’s important the RCN have the right contact details for you! If they hold inaccurate data it could risk any ballot being discounted. The ballot will be done by post – so you must ensure your home address and employers contact details are correct.