Newly qualified nurses in some areas could be missing out on mandatory pay increases because their trusts are flouting the Agenda for Change agreement, the RCN has warned.
Under the national contract, it is mandatory that newly qualifieds move up to the next pay scale point six months after they qualify.
But Barbara Tassa, RCN council member for the West Midlands, said there was ‘great reluctance to pay this out’ at some trusts.
‘We have to make sure this is on our radar, that our members are getting money owed to them,’ she said last week at
the RCN’s council meeting in London.
RCN president Maura Buchanan added: ‘It is a contractual requirement. Members affected should file a formal grievance because there is no way [employers] can refuse. It is not an option not to pay it.’
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