This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

RCN members to consider industrial action over pay

Written by: | Published:

Many nurses were disappointed by the Government’s Many nurses were disappointed by the Government’s 3% pay offer

Members of the RCN are to be asked whether they would be willing to take industrial action in an indicative ballot launching soon, the union has announced.

Elected members on the RCN Trade Union Committee have made this decision to help determine the union’s next steps in the ongoing dispute over fair pay.

The move comes after 92% of members working for the NHS in England who voted in the RCN’s recent consultative ballot said the 3% pay award for 2021-22 is unacceptable.

These results have carefully considered by the RCN’s elected Trade Union Committee, factoring in the views of members on the RCN’s English regional boards, and they have decided the most appropriate course of action is to test members’ appetite for industrial action.

‘Today’s decision was taken by members, for members. Nursing staff from across the country are leading this campaign from the front and the RCN Trade Union Committee has listened to the views of members who voted,’ said Chair of the RCN Trade Union Committee Graham Revie.

Read more: Initiative boosts ethnic minority vaccinations

‘Our members were very clear in telling the Prime Minster that his NHS pay deal was completely unacceptable – it fails the test of fairness and it fails to address the current crisis by not taking action to safely staff our wards and clinics.’

Members will be asked if they are willing to take action short of a strike – such as working contracted hours only – or strike action, which is the complete withdrawal of labour. The RCN has said that industrial action is always a last resort, but that they are also clear that the current staffing crisis in the NHS is causing unacceptable risk to patients and staff.

‘Politicians might be hoping our members would go quiet about NHS pay but with this announcement they are turning up the volume yet further,’ said Chair of RCN Council Carol Popplestone.

‘We are a patient safety critical profession but currently forced to operate with tens of thousands of missing nurses – patient care is suffering. Only by paying nursing staff fairly will you stop experienced staff from leaving and encourage the next generation to join a fantastic career.’

Read more: Four in five people aged 16 and over vaccinated with both doses

The vote will open in the coming weeks with the launch date and more details available soon. The result of the indicative ballot will not formally authorise industrial action but will be used to inform what members do next.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.