RCN opens consultation on potential industrial action

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The Royal College of Nursing has opened its consultation over potential industrial action in response to continuing pay restraint.

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? Visit the Royal College of Nursing Poll site after 10am on the 13/04/2017. This poll closes at 11pm on Sunday 7 May 2017.

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 fuelling 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.”