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Janet Davies: Scrap the cap or we will ballot RCN members on strike action

As the RCN gears up for a summer of protest, college chief executive Janet Davies has a strong message for the new government: scrap the 1% pay cap for 2018 or we will ballot our members on strike action.
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As the RCN gears up for a summer of protest, college chief executive Janet Davies has a strong message for the new government: scrap the 1% pay cap for 2018 or we will ballot our members on strike action

This summer the RCN will be protesting across the country. Campaigning for the general election may be over but we are continuing our fight for better pay for nurses.

At RCN congress in May, members sent a strong and clear message that the governments policy on pay is unacceptable. Nursing staff are at least 3,000 a year worse off than they were in 2010, and we know they are struggling to pay bills and are taking on extra shifts just to make ends meet.

We cannot

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As the RCN gears up for a summer of protest, college chief executive Janet Davies has a strong message for the new government: scrap the 1% pay cap for 2018 or we will ballot our members on strike action 

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A demonstration in March. The fight for better pay for nurses
will continue this summer. Picture: Mike Smith

This summer the RCN will be protesting across the country. Campaigning for the general election may be over but we are continuing our fight for better pay for nurses. 

At RCN congress in May, members sent a strong and clear message that the government’s policy on pay is unacceptable. Nursing staff are at least £3,000 a year worse off than they were in 2010, and we know they are struggling to pay bills and are taking on extra shifts just to make ends meet.

We cannot ignore how low pay is directly affecting staffing levels. Leaders of NHS trusts say the 1% pay cap is putting patient care at risk, with pressures from ever increasing workloads and staff shortages preventing nurses from providing the care they would like to give.

Join us

This summer the RCN will be holding a wide range of activities and protests to engage the public, persuade people to support our campaign, and take up our message. 

A pay rise that is held below inflation is a pay cut. The decision to hold back salaries has cost us dearly, with more than 40,000 nursing vacancies in England alone. This is an issue which affects all healthcare staff. No matter where you work or what your role is, we invite you to join us and make your voice heard.

The new government has one last chance to scrap the pay cap for 2018 or we will ballot our members on strike action. I hope you can join us and fight for nursing to be truly valued. 

  • To find out more about the pay campaign and keep up to date with planned activities click here

Janet Davies is RCN chief executive and general secretary 
@janetRCN 

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