Union votes overwhelmingly to accept nurse pay deal

Unison members in the NHS have voted 2 to 1 in favour of the revised pay offer for nurses, and the RCN is due to decide on its response tomorrow.

The RCN will meet on Saturday to decide whether to accept the offer or move towards a ballot for industrial action among its members in England.

Nurses and midwives had threatened to take industrial action over a decision to deliver their 2.5 per cent pay rise in two stages.

The revised package offered in August included an extra £400 a year for staff on grades one and two, usually hospital porters, and £38 for those on grades three and four.

Those on bands five to eight, including nurses, who are required to register to practise, would receive a £38 contribution to their professional fees.

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