Workforce: What can we learn from the ‘pay pendulum’ of decades ago?
As NHS nurses consider their response to the new pay offer , it is worth reflecting on the bad old days of nurses’ pay determination.
Before the Pay Review Body (RB) was established in the mid-1980s, the history of nurses’ pay made for sorry reading.
With negotiations at national level between unions and the Department of Health –and the Treasury playing a shadowy but influential role in holding down pay rises – for many years the process did nurses no favours. The result was frequent recourse to arbitration to settle pay disputes.
There were four one-off reviews of NHS nurses’ pay in the 1960s, and two further independent reviews in the 1970s. These were essentially...
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