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RCN threatens industrial action if pay cap is not removed

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has made it clear that industrial action is on the table if the government fail to scrap the pay cap.

The Royal College of Nursing has commented on reports that Theresa May is preparing to scrap the public sector pay cap saying that it would be “significant progress” but they must also “make up for lost earning”.

Public sector workers have endured a seven-year cap on pay, which currently restricts annual public sector pay increases to 1 per cent.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, responding to reports on the public sector pay cap, said:

“If reports are true, this would be significant progress and a sign that the Government is listening to our campaign. But any offer from the PM or Treasury needs to not only scrap the pay cap for future years but go some way towards making up for lost earnings.

“If the Government does not scrap the cap then industrial action is on the table. Nursing pay has fallen by 14 per cent in real-terms since 2010, now worth £3,000 each year.

“Thousands of nurses will be demonstrating outside Parliament this Wednesday to ensure Ministers are left in no doubt about the strength of feeling in the profession.”

The RCN is it’s next public protest outside parliament on Wednesday 6th September 2017. You can find out more here.