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Northern Ireland pay dispute: nurses vote on industrial action – including a strike

RCN warns that staff could leave to work elsewhere if wage disparity remains unresolved
Hand placing a voting slip in a ballot box

RCN warns that staff will leave to work elsewhere if wage disparity remains unresolved

The ballot has opened for RCN members in Northern Ireland to vote on whether to take industrial action, including strike action, over pay.

The college called for the vote after negotiations with the Department of Health in Northern Ireland (DHNI) broke down.

It had requested pay parity between nurses working in Northern Ireland and those in England and Wales, but the DHNI refused.

A newly qualified nurse in Northern Ireland earns £22,795, compared with £24,214 in England and Wales.

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