Nurses are getting ‘fair’ pay rise, says Barclay as strike dates announced

Well being secretary Steve Barclay has mentioned nurses have been supplied a ‘honest pay rise’ this 12 months, following information that nurses are to carry two days of strike motion subsequent month. 

In a tweet on Friday morning, Mr Barclay mentioned, “Now we have accepted the suggestions of the unbiased NHS Pay Overview Physique to provide nurses a good pay rise of at the very least £1,400 this 12 months. This implies a newly certified nurse will usually earn over £31,000 a 12 months.

“[The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)] is demanding an enormous pay rise of 17.6% – a rise round 3 times the typical settlement that thousands and thousands of hardworking folks outdoors the general public sector are getting”, he continued. 

The RCN has mentioned that the £1,400 determine is belied by the truth that skilled nurses are worse off by 20% in actual phrases resulting from successive below-inflation awards since 2010.

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The union has now introduced that its members will stage their first ever nationwide stroll out on the fifteenth and twentieth December. The strikes will final 12 hours.

This comes after its supply of negotiations as an alternative choice to industrial motion was turned down by the federal government. 

The strikes will happen in England, Wales and Northern Eire in what’s a big escalation of the continuing pay row.

In Scotland, the RCN has paused saying strike motion after the Scottish authorities reopened NHS pay negotiations.

RCN Common Secretary Pat Cullen mentioned: “Ministers have had greater than two weeks since we confirmed that our members felt such injustice that they might strike for the primary time.

“My supply of formal negotiations was declined and, as an alternative, ministers have chosen strike motion. They’ve the facility and the means to cease this by opening severe talks that handle our dispute.

“Nursing workers have had sufficient of being taken as a right, sufficient of low pay and unsafe staffing ranges, sufficient of not with the ability to give our sufferers the care they deserve.”

Wes Streeting, shadow well being secretary, mentioned: “Why on Earth is the Well being Secretary refusing to barter with nurses? Sufferers already can’t get handled on time, strike motion is the very last thing they want, but the Authorities is letting this occur. Sufferers won’t ever forgive the Conservatives for this negligence.