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Pay offer considered by nurses

20th August 2007

The Royal College of Nursing has said it will allow its members until 14 September to make a decision on the government's final pay offer.

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Nurses are not happy about the staged 2.5% pay increase in England, which is equal to 1.9% over the year.

The government had offered the lowest-paid staff a payment of £38 and 50% of the cost of professional fees. The offer, made on 2 August 2007, is the last the government will make.

Josie Irwin, head of employment relations at the RCN, said: "It is up to our members to indicate whether the offer is acceptable."

95% of nurses said they were in favour of a ballot on industrial action in relation to the government's original offer.

A Department of Health spokesman said they acknowledged the nurses' opinions about the pay offer and that is why the government had improved it.

"However, we are committed to the overall public sector pay policy to remain vigilant against the threats of inflation," he said.

He stated that the government's careful economic management allowed it to invest in the health service "including the recruitment of 80,000 new nurses since 1997."

Mike Travis, chair of the RCN's membership, representation and diversity committee, said the results of the ballot showed how displeased nurses were with the original offer.

He said they needed "to gauge" their members' reaction to the new offer in advance of the Council's "final decision whether to accept the award in September."

 

 


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