The Fair Pay for Nursing campaign aims to secure a fully funded 12.5% pay increase for all nursing staff covered by Agenda for Change terms, as part of a one-year deal that applies equally to all bands. Ultimately, it is about providing safe and effective care for all parts of the UK.

Consultations in England and Wales were carried out from 12 August 2021 – 13 September 2021. The consultations asked members whether they think the 3% pay award announced for NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts is acceptable or unacceptable. Members have made clear the award is unacceptable. Read more here

In England and Wales, members will be asked in an indicative ballot - running from 4 to 30 November - what industrial action, if any, they are willing to take. In Scotland, members will vote in an indicative ballot about further action in the campaign there, until 8 November.

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The fight for fair pay continues and won’t stop until nursing is respected, protected and patients receive the care they deserve. Take action in the campaign today, through events and spreading the word in your workplaces and communities.

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“Unsafe staffing levels hamper patient care. Fair pay is one major way of keeping people in work and attracting the next generation into our profession.”

RCN testimonial Graham Revie  Chair of the RCN Trade Union Committee

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This is how we have been campaigning with our members to secure an early and significant pay rise for nursing staff.

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