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Pension proposals rejected by nurses

29th February 2012

The Royal College of Nursing has confirmed that the majority of its members who cast a vote in a recent ballot have not accepted the government's proposals on pensions.


The RCN said two-thirds of its members did not accept the proposals, although only 16% of members - 65,759 - participated in the ballot.

The RCN said its main concern was the prospect of its members working in a physically demanding job until the age of 68. This increased pension age was due to take effect in 2046.

Kath McCourt, chair of the RCN Council, said: "While the members who voted expressed a clear view, showing their anger at the government proposals, we are disappointed that more of our members did not take the opportunity to vote."

"We will now, as a matter of urgency, meet with other unions who are at varying stages in their own member consultations." 

The RCN's decision tallies with that of union Unite, which has 100,000 members from the NHS, who did not accept the deal in a ballot on the subject held in January.

Unison has opted to carry on the negotiation process, while the BMA is in the process of carrying out a consultation with its members. 

The RCN stated that it was worried about nurses having to carry on working in a "physically demanding job" until the age of 68. 



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