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Midwives reject three-year pay offer

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Representatives of the midwifery profession have overwhelmingly rejected the three-year pay deal on offer from the government.

Following a consultation of individual members and branches, 99.7% of Royal College of Midwives members voted to reject the multi-year deal, which is worth 8% in total. The deal is being described by the college as a ‘real terms pay-cut’ because of the increasing inflation levels predicted for the next three years.

Nearly all voted in favour of taking the NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendation of 2.75% for one year only. However, the government has previously said this not an option. NHS chief executive David Nicholson has also warned that failure to accept the multi-year deal could result in a worse deal being offered, possibly with staging.

Dame Karlene Davis, outgoing general secretary of the RCM, said: ‘Midwives are already feeling dejected, demoralised and disillusioned, and the Government’s actions on pay are simply fuelling the fire.

‘Last year the staged pay deal raised the spectre of industrial action, and the government’s stance raises it again,’ she added.

Earlier this month, ancillary workers and ambulance staff rejected the offer in a ballot by the union Unite. An RCN consultation on the deal closes this week.

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  • Thank heavens the midwives have seen sense and rejected this ludicrous offer. Let's hope nurses support them and make a stand for once in their lives. This offer would be laughable if presented to the police and other public sector workers. What an insult it truely is? As usual the namby pamby, useless RCN just seems to sit back and let it all wash over them. Thak goodness I haven't paid them a penny over the last 27 years of my nursing career. They are ineffective and pathetic.

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