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College accepts three-year pay offer for nurses

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The UK’s largest nursing union has accepted the proposed three-year pay deal for nurses, worth a total of 8%.

Members of the RCN were consulted on the deal through its branch network and website between 21 April and 28 May.

Results showed 92.7% of members were in favour of the deal, which will give nurses the pay review body recommendation of 2.75% this year, followed by 2.4% in 2009-2010 and 2.25% in 2010-2011.

Extra gains are made for nurses in Agenda for Change band five, which will be re-engineered in the last two years to give newly-qualified nurses bigger pay rises as they are promoted.

The independent NHS Pay Review Body will also monitor inflation and can pressurise the government into reviewing the deal if the economy worsens.

Peter Carter, RCN general secretary, said: ‘We recommended this deal to our members because it’s fair, balanced and it’s the best deal in the public sector.’

Unison is due to announce results of a ballot on the deal later today. If the ballot rejects the deal, the government is likely to push through a one-year pay rise.

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Readers' comments (17)

  • WHAT????????????????????????? RCN will accept anything. what kind of nurses are voting for this pay cut? i have withdrawn my membership and i advice others to follow. Dr. Peter Carter was the CE of my trust and one of the best the NHS has ever had, but to accept this is beyond me.

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  • The RCN should hang their head in shame!
    I voted on line to say ‘No’ to the proposals.
    I have been on to the RCN.org web page to see if I could find information and statistics on the number of members who voted and the number who voted ‘No’/ ’Yes’ to the proposal and I cannot find anything! It is time this information was published, as I cannot believe that the majority of nurses consider this to be a fair offer. I am more than disappointed with the outcome and with the union I have been with for over 25 years. So yes it is time I acted and will join another union. With reduced or no membership and fees those at the top will have no union, and no high salary.

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  • I'm sorry, but I do not believe these figures. Most nurses I know are against this pay deal, so how is it that such a majority have voted to accept it.

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  • I don't believe it!!! if inflation and diesel keep rising and the cost of groceries and utilities keep rising... this may be a pay cut in the future. currently I have a patient who works for a local building society who had a 4.1% pay rise this year. I think i'm in the wrong job. she is not university or degree educated. Its about time Gordon Brown looked after us or I for one will be leaving the NHS as a senior sister and go into research or lecturering.

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  • if one 100% of staff where i work are against pay deal and wish for more. i can't believe that we are in the minority, and people genuinly are in agrrement with this deal this does not even reach the increase in my cost of living due to bread, petrol etc. and i don't get these three year deals how the hell can we project that its what we will be happy with in a couple of years time.
    We should get that added to next years rise in cost of living but that never happens.
    When agenda for change was agreed i lost out cos i lost my psychiatric lead so the nurses on same band as me were £600 better off, now tell me how that is fair.

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  • So far it appears that the RCN has not acted according to their members views!!! Why bother asking members opinions as they obviously count for nothing!!! I’m so cross. Those at the top want to please the government - Is this a Union???? They are not acting on the opinions of members who pay their high salary and other gratuities, just bolstering their own importance - Time for out! It is disgusting to say the least.

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  • I am beginning to wonder why I am actually a member of the RCN now. I am outraged by it. My tank of diesel used to cost £43 to fill up at the beginning of this year, it now costs £57, not to mention the rising cost of gas, electric, RCN subscriptions, grocieries etc etc and the government think this pay rise will cover inflation! Yeah right.

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  • I am saddened that this pay award has been agreed. As nurses I feel we deserve better

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  • I am disappointed and saddened about this decision. I cannot recall being consulted about this in April and May - or am I just the minority again? It also concerns me how 92.7% agreed to this and questions how many members actually voted for this as I cannot find one member in my establishment - similar tactics to Afc. How as nurses are we supposed to live with inflation rising every day not to mention petrol prices. It about time the RCN supported its members and listened to what we are saying at grass root level and not remain in ivory towers making decisions that are affecting our livelihood. How may more nurses do we have to loose to foreign countries before this ends!!!!

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  • I can't believe the RCN says nurses are backing the pay deal! I don't remember voting and I certainly would have voted against it, as would the majority of my friends and colleagues. I find it hard to believe the results and I would like proof of it and I m sure I m not the only one! I don't think the RCN works hard enough on our behalf in cases like this. I just hope unison doesn't agree.

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