Prime minister Gordon Brown said yesterday that long-term pay settlements would help combat inflation.
However, the RCN said ensuring that pay deals genuinely cover cost-of-living increases was more important than how many years they apply for.
RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘Given that mortgages, council tax, transport costs and energy bills are all on the rise right now, a fair deal for nurses is one that reflects the real cost of living.
‘If we were to sign up to a long-term pay settlement in today’s volatile economy we must have a mechanism that will protect the living standards of nurses from any future rises in inflation.’
The government has said it will seek rises of no more than 2 per cent for public sector pay deals in 2008.
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