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Angry Nurses Threaten Industrial Action over Staged Award

Magazine article Public Finance

Angry Nurses Threaten Industrial Action over Staged Award

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Nurses have demanded a meeting with Chancellor Gordon Brown and Health secretary Patricia Hewitt as they threatened industrial action over this year's staged pay award.

The Royal College of Nursing annual congress in Harrogate this week heard condemnations of the government's decision to stage the 2.5% rise - paid as a 1.5% increase in April and a further 1% in November.

The conference backed two emergency motions - one calling on the union's ruling council to investigate appropriate forms of industrial action and the other urging the government to implement the pay awards in full.

That the normally docile RCN is willing to take nationwide industrial action for the first time in its 91-year history is a measure of the profession's anger.

Unison, which has NHS members in nursing as well as other clinical and administrative staff, is expected to back industrial action over the pay award at its annual conference next week.

The British Medical Association was expected to put further pressure on ministers when GPs met to discuss their 0% pay award on April 19. …

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