Members in England, Scotland and Wales have voted in consultative and indicative ballots on NHS pay and made clear that the fight for fair pay is far from over. Members in Northern Ireland will vote on the 3% pay award from 13 January – 10 February 2022.

The indicative ballots asked if members were 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 pay award made in their country is unacceptable. Results have been considered by elected members and the fight for fair pay continues.

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The fight for will not end until the profession is respected and protected. Don’t miss the chance to have your say for yourself, your profession and the safety of your patients.


Fair Pay for Nursing in England

The indicative ballot in England is now closed. Find out more about the campaign and ways you can be involved.

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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.”

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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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