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Nurses urged to share experience of how pay cap is affecting them

The RCN is appealing to nurses to share their experiences of how the pay cap is affecting them and their career choices ahead of a viral campaign on Friday 25 August.

The body wants to build up more evidence in its campaign calling for the end of the 1% pay cap for public sector workers, including nursing staff.

It is part of the RCN’s summer of protest.

Nurses are staging information events across the UK, including one at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, which hosts the health visiting conference tomorrow.

They are taking their protest to the streets of Birmingham with a stand at Birmingham New Street in the city centre on Thursday 24 August.

Nurses will encourage passers-by to fill in postcards to send to MPs, urging them to call on the Government to lift the pay cap for NHS employees.

Politicians are invited to join nurses in a protest march from Brighton’s Theatre Royal to the Pier on Friday.

Hove MP Peter Kyle, Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton, Kemptown) and Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion) have been asked to meet nurses and discuss their concerns.

Members of the Sussex and Brighton Students Group and Sussex Defend the NHS will also be there.

The RCN said the pay cap means nurses faced a 14% drop in wages in real terms since 2010 and is having an impact on recruitment and retention.

The RCN will share nurses’ stories via social media during a day of action on Friday.

It comes ahead of the RCN’s ‘biggest ever UK rally’ when nurses and their supporters will gather at Parliament Square in London on Wednesday September 6- the day after MPs return from their summer recess.