RCN encourages nurses to protest about pay cut

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is encouraging nurses to write to their MPs to 'voice their concerns' about the recent pay cut.

RCN encourages nurses to protest
RCN encourages nurses to protest

Almost eight-thousand nurses have already sent a letter to their MPs protesting at the pay award announced last Thursday. 

The Government has chosen to stage the 2.5 per cent award, going against the Pay Review Body's recommendation to give nurses the full award from April. The award averages out at 1.9 per cent, less than half the rate of inflation. With the average wage of a registered nurse being £24,841, this equates to a pay cut in real terms of £570 a year.

A template letter that nurses can use is on the RCN website at www.rcn.org.uk/pay2007. Nurses can also write to the RCN via the website to voice their feeling about the pay issue.

Commenting on the pay award, Dr Peter Carter, General Secretary of the RCN, said: 'This shows how angry, frustrated and let down nurses are feeling. The impact of NHS deficits means they are doing more with less staff, they are already overworked and underpaid, and the thanks they get is a cut in pay.

'The proposed award is not acceptable and we will be pressing the Government very hard over the next few weeks at every level to make it reconsider this unjust decision. We will also be consulting with our 400,000 members to gauge their reaction to this and seek their views about the next steps.'

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