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Midwives agree to pay changes

An overwhelming majority of Royal College of Midwives branches have voted to accept the proposed alterations to the Agenda for Change pay framework.

The RCM’s acceptance of the proposed changes to AfC follows similar votes by the Royal College of Nursing and Unison. Only Unite has so far rejected the proposals.

The RCM’s consultation about proposed changes to AFC in England closed last week with 94% of branches or workplaces voting to accept the changes.

Under the proposals, the national AfC pay framework will be altered to end automatic incremental pay rises, scrap enhanced out of hours sick pay, and bring an end to band 5 nurses and midwives receiving two increment rises during their first year after qualification.

Senior staff on higher pay bands could also be removed from AfC entirely and paid an individual spot salary.

However, only 70 branches or workplaces responded to the consultation out of a total of 147 – just under half.

Jon Skewes, RCM director of policy, employment relations and communications, said: “These  proposals, the result of extensive negotiation, represent the most effective way of providing stability and protecting AFC as a national system of pay, terms and conditions in the NHS.

“Midwives believe that supporting these national changes is better than risking individual or groups of employers making their own changes to terms and conditions, therefore moving away from having a UK wide system. RCM branches have taken a pragmatic step to protect a national structure of pay, terms and conditions.”

The consultation ran from 11 January to 4 February through the RCM branch structure.

College branches and workplaces in England held meetings during this period to discuss the proposals and members could also respond individually if they were unable to attend the meeting.

The RCM will now be supporting the adoption of the changes to NHS staff contracts in England contained in the review at the NHS Staff Council on the 26 February.

Readers' comments (4)

  • thats ok! just leave everyone below £21,000 a lone who work hard for their money and deserve their increments in day when everything is going up and money is being taken of us left right and center it is a case of dog eat dog and look after yourself?????

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  • Spineless.

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  • Utter tosh. Sounds like the colleges are just making their own judgements and not its memebers.

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  • The RCM made recommendations to the members to accept. Also the other unions (mostly) accepted it, hence the appearance of apathy. I think increment pay rises will largely disappear within a short time, and the unions will not fight it. It will be very easy to say people have not met whatever criteria are needed to get the next increment. Also, band 5's will stay on their starting pay for much longer. I feel like an oracle! (Going anonymous for a change, given the recent whistleblowing controversy)

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