The Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) elected governing body has agreed to consult its members after the Government announced the continuation of the 1% pay cap last week.
The RCN Council will ask members what impact the pay restraint has on them and their practice and how they would like the RCN to respond, including whether members should consider industrial action.
The shape of the consultation will be decided in the coming weeks and will be launched before RCN Congress in May.
Janet Davies, RCN chief executive and general secretary said: ‘The decision taken today by RCN Council shows their concern for the impact continued pay restraint is having on dedicated nursing staff.
‘The pay cap is fuelling a recruitment and retention crisis, and when compounded by issues such as down banding, substitution of roles and student funding changes, it’s a perfect storm for nursing.
‘I urge members to look out for this consultation and share their views with us; we are a member-led organisation and you will directly shape the next steps of our Nursing Counts campaign. Take this important opportunity to make your voice heard.’