Nurses will be voted on on industrial action
Nurses working in the NHS should be asked if they would be willing to take union action in an indicative ballot that will be launched soon.
This is after 92% of members working for the NHS in England who voted in our recent consultative poll said the 3% pay for 2021-2022 was unacceptable.
These results have been carefully reviewed by our elected trade union committee, taking into account the views of members of the NCR ‘
Members of the Royal College of Nursing will be asked if they are prepared to take action unless there is a strike – such as working only contract hours – or strike action, which is complete withdrawal from work.
The RCN is clear that industrial action is always a last resort, but also makes it clear that the current staff crisis in the NHS poses unacceptable risk to patients and staff.
RCN Board Chair Carol Popplestone said: ‘Politicians may be hoping our members are quiet about NHS pay, but with this announcement they are turning up the volume even more.
“We are a profession critical to patient safety, but currently forced to operate with tens of thousands of nurses missing – patient care is suffering.
“Only by paying nurses fairly will you prevent experienced staff from leaving and encourage the next generation to embark on a fantastic career. ”
Voting will open in the coming weeks with the launch date and more details coming soon.
RCN Union Committee Chair Graham Revie said, “Today’s decision was made by the membership, for the membership. Nurses across the country are leading this campaign together and the RCN union committee listened to the views of members who voted.
“Our members have been very clear in telling the Prime Minister that his salary deal with the NHS was totally unacceptable – it fails the fairness test and it does not address the current crisis by failing to take any action to staff our services and clinics with all safety. ”