Nursingtimes.net readers have been responding to proposals that could give nurses immunity from redundancy if they agreed to have their Agenda for Change pay increments frozen.
The following is a selection of comments posted on the story, which was reported in this week’s Nursing Times.
“This is absolutely ridiculous, why yet again penalise the hard working staff who do not get any other rewards… What about targeting the fat managers and executives who spend their time at meetings but don’t seem to achieve much.”
“Yet again, the nurses are being held to ransom. The majority of nurses are already struggling to keep up with inflation. The cost of living is soaring with no let up predicted for five years. We work hard and support our organisations by doing all those extra things that ensure that it continues to work. If we all stopped putting in the extra time, doing the things that weren’t officially part of our jobs, we know the system would fail.”
“As usual, lower paid staff are getting squeezed whilst the highly paid just get more and more. It’s madness!”
“Those of us who were working for the NHS in the 80s have seen this all before… This kind of treatment was what fuelled a mass exodus of nurses from the UK.”
“It’s time to re-look at the top managers’ pay and terms and conditions, what these people are paid is wrong, it’s unfair and they certainly are not doing the job that they are paid to do.”
“I know it’s hard when people have mortgages and bills to pay, but if we accept these changes to our terms and conditions then we give our employers carte blanche to do as they please… We’ve been too soft for too long and need to fight back!”
“We should call their bluff! They know they can’t do without us!”
“I’m at the top of my pay band, but am very sad to say for the first time in my career that I would support strike action if incremental freezes were introduced.”