More than 180 MPs have backed calls for the government to give nurses this year’s pay award in full instead of in two stages. The Royal College of Nursing is taking the unprecedented step of balloting 300,000 nurses working in the NHS to ask if they would support a ballot for industrial action.The government has proposed giving nurses their 2.5 per cent pay increase in two stages, a 1.5 per cent rise from April followed by a further one per cent rise in November.The RCN says the award is the equivalent of a below-inflation rise of 1.9 per cent, and will save the government £60m.
Judy Viitanen and PRimage understand that so far 186 MPs have either written to the union expressing their support or have signed early day motions calling for a fair deal for nurses. We are also sure that the nurses pay clam will have the support of the general public as well. PRimage believe they deserve it! Do you agree?