Nurses warn ministers not to tamper with pay advice

Nurses will almost certainly take industrial action if ministers interfere with the recommendations of the independent pay review body (PRB) for 2008/9, union leaders have warned.

Unite, the third largest NHS union, is calling for a pay rise of more than 3.9 per cent, the rate of inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index.

Union leaders condemned last year’s decision by the DoH to stage the pay award of 2.5 per cent recommended by the PRB, leaving a rise worth just 1.9 per cent over the year.

Unite lead officer for nursing Barrie Brown said: ‘Members were prepared to accept that as a one-off, but we would expect a very robust response if it happened again.’

Unite’s evidence to the PRB highlights falling morale and increasing workload over the last year.

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