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.

Indicative ballots in England and Wales are now open and will close at 12 noon on 30 November. The ballot asks if members are willing to take industrial action over NHS pay, or support colleagues to even if they wouldn’t themselves. This comes after members voted to say the 3% pay award is unacceptable.

In Scotland, RCN members have voted in an indicative ballot. Read more about the results here.


England indicative ballot FAQs 

Read our frequently asked questions about the RCN England indicative ballot, running from 4 October to 30 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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