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.