United Kingdom - Nurses ballot over action for wage increase - May 31, 2017

Nurses have voted overwhelmingly to pursue a ballot for countrywide strike action this summer in protest at below-inflation pay rises. Nearly four out of five members (78%) of the Royal College of Nursing who took part in the consultative vote backed a walkout, while 91% favoured industrial action short of a strike. The large majorities reflect growing dissatisfaction within the nursing profession over wages. Nurses say they have experienced a 14% pay cut in real terms since 2010 because of the government’s cap on public sector pay. More than 50,000 of the RCN’S 270,000 members participated in the ballot. The union RCN has warned that low pay is partly responsible for tens of thousands of unfilled posts.

English: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/14/nurses-vote-support-ballot ... 

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