Nurses vote on a strike over pay, just as other healthcare workers are elected

Many nurses across the UK have chosen to take strike action in their fight for a pay rise, with industrial action expected to start before the end of the year and last until May 2023, the Royal College of Nursing has announced.

The vote saw just over half of NHS Trusts in England (102 out of 215) reach the 50% turnout required for strike action, while all nursing staff in Northern Ireland and Scotland will be included, and all but one health board in Wales. passed the threshold.

The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign is calling for a pay rise of 5% above inflation (as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI)), which would now mean a pay rise of 17.6%.

The Government has said this would cost around £9bn, with the increase also having to cover all staff on the Agenda for Change deal, which covers all NHS staff except doctors, dentists and very senior managers.

Cost crisis

The RCN has said that nurses’ pay has “consistently fallen below inflation – a fact that is being exacerbated by the cost of living crisis – and must now rise significantly to reflect this.”

The vote, which took place…

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