Over 90% of RCN members back new pay deal

More than nine out of ten members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have backed a pay deal worth 8 per cent over three years.

A consultation carried out in April and May found that 92.7 per cent of respondents wanted the college to accept the package, which gives annual rises of 2.75 per cent in 2008/9, 2.4 per cent in 2009/10 and 2.25 in 2010/11.

Some nurses will receive greater rises than the headline figures suggest, because of adjustments to pay band structures.

RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘Some of our lowest paid members - healthcare assistants and newly qualified nurses will be better off with a pay deal that is worth between 14 per cent and 16 per cent.

‘We have secured a commitment to re-open pay talks should inflation continue to rise or if there are significant changes to the labour market - a clause which is very important to our members.'

The RCN had urged its members to accept the deal. But members of the GMB union and the Royal College of Midwives have rejected it, while Unite has urged its members to vote against it, and Unison is leaving members to decide.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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