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RCN targets gender pay gap in private sector

Work will form part of efforts to develop the college's equality and inclusion policies

The RCN has pledged to investigate gender pay imbalances in the private sector and work to highlight the value of women in the workplace. 

At the college’s council meeting in London this week, members were told that the RCN has previously made only limited comment on gender equality issues and has not commented on issues related to nursing being a majority female profession.

RCN membership and representation committee chair Gordon Lees said: ‘The pay for nurses in the private sector is often less. It could be because the majority of nurses are female and that is discrimination.

‘We need to have a good look at it and how we can bridge that gap.’

The committee agreed to form a group to create an RCN equality and inclusion strategy, which is expected by the end of the year. 

It will also be responsible for ensuring all the RCN’s policy work goes through an equality impact assessment. 

 

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