3% NHS pay rise could lead to industrial action, union says

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ndustrial action is among the options nurses may consider following the offer of a 3% pay rise for NHS staff in England and Wales a union leader said.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is among those who have been highly critical of the pay uplift, saying it was a “bitter blow” and the salary increase would be a cut once inflation was taken into account.

The Department for Health and Social Care said the “average nurse” will receive an additional £1,000 a year, while many porters and cleaners will get around £540.

We will then be considering with them what the next steps might be, which could include consideration of industrial action most certainly

And Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “To recognise the extraordinary contribution they have made they are receiving a 3% pay rise this year.”

But Patricia Marquis, England director of the RCN, told BBC Two’s Newsnight the award left nurses feeling they were not “valued for what they do”.

She told the programme the union would consult with its members, adding: “Once we have their view – which we suspect will be to say they are unhappy about the level – we will then be considering with them what the next steps might be, which could include consideration of industrial action most certainly.”

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