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UK Nurses vote on strike action after NHS Pay Cut by katty : April 13, 2017, 05:51:29 PM
Nurses are considering a strike over low pay that is damaging patient care as it “drives people away from the profession”, the largest nursing union has said.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has asked its 270,000 members across the UK whether they want to take industrial action in protest at continuing cuts to their pay.

The union, which has never called a strike before, will decide whether to issue a formal ballot after the poll closes on 7 May.

Janet Davies, general secretary of the RCN, said patients would suffer because a public sector pay rise caps were fuelling a “recruitment and retention crisis” in the profession.

“If the Government expects to fill the soaring number of vacant jobs, it must value nursing staff more than it has in recent years. The false economy is driving people away from the profession,” she said.

“Years of real-terms pay cuts have left too many struggling to make ends meet. Nurses should not have to fund the NHS deficit from their own pay packets.”

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