The Royal College of Nursing is surveying its local and regional representatives on some of the early proposals put forward by NHS Employers to alter the Agenda for Change contract.
A wider consultation of nurses and midwives on proposed changes to pay and terms and conditions is due to begin next month.
The proposals include reduced automatic pay progression for newly qualified nurses, while all other bands would have a ceiling imposed on their pay and incremental rises discretionary and based on performance. Staff who work out of hours and are off sick would have their pay cut to the basic rate.
Josie Irwin, RCN head of employment relations, said the results of the survey would help the unions’ NHS “staff side” council decide how to respond to the proposals.
“After long negotiations with NHS Employers, the national staff side now needs to find out what local reps think,” she said. “We urgently need your thoughts on the proposals.”
The RCN last week also published a briefing paper for MPs on local and regional pay in the NHS.