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Nurses campaign online today over pay cap

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Nurses are taking part in a day of digital campaigning as part of efforts to have the annual 1% cap on public sector pay rises removed by the government.

Today’s event features among a series of activities planned by the Royal College of Nursing after it pledged to stage a “summer of protest” over pay earlier this year.

”Let’s continue to be heard online and in Westminster this summer, and remind MPs, and the public, that we will not give up the fight for fair pay”

Cecilia Anim

Nurses are being encouraged to share photos and videos online today, explaining why they want the cap for NHS staff to be removed.

They are also being asked to contact their MP using social media site Twitter, using #scrapthecap, as well as to support a mass messaging effort on social media by signing up to Thunderclap.

The digital day of campaigning comes as the RCN prepares for a major rally next month in London over pay.

Thousands of protesters are expected to join the event in Parliament Square on 6 September.

Earlier this week, RCN president Cecilia Anim urged nurses to continue their campaigning efforts, both online and at the rally.

“Let’s continue to be heard online and in Westminster this summer, and remind MPs, and the public, that we will not give up the fight for fair pay,” she said in a bog post.

The RCN launched its “summer of protest” on 26 June by holding demonstrations across the UK at around 30 locations.

It was shortly followed by a vote in parliament over whether to end the pay cap, but the proposal was rejected by MPs, by 323 votes to 309.

Nurses and other staff under the NHS Agenda for Change pay system saw their salaries increased at below-inflation rates in 2010, frozen from 2011 to 2013 and since 2014 limited to 1% annual increases.

In 2015 the government announced public sector pay would be capped at 1% on an annual basis for a further four years.

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