RCM Scotland calls for early and significant pay rise

on 01 December 2020 NHS Staff Maternity Services Midwifery Covid-19 RCM Scotland NHS Scotland Scotland MSWs - Maternity Support Workers Pay

Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government is to give NHS workers a £500 one-off payment, Dr Mary Ross-Davie, Director for Scotland at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Once again Scotland is leading the way in recognising the value and contribution of midwives, maternity support workers (MSW) and their NHS colleagues. This will be a welcome and early Christmas present for these dedicated professionals, who have worked tirelessly at the front-line of this pandemic throughout an incredibly difficult and challenging year for us all.

“However, it will not make up for years of pay restraints and pay freezes, which has seen the wages of committed maternity staff shackled and falling significantly in real terms as the cost of living has increased. The long-term solution to this is an early and significant pay rise for our NHS staff, that recognises the incredible work that they do and pays them fairly for it.”


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More information on the RCM’s Deliver a Decent Deal pay campaign here https://www.rcm.org.uk/supporting/pay

On social media use the hashtag #DeliveraDecentDeal

Turn the applause for NH staff into an early wage rise say RCM and health unions https://www.rcm.org.uk/media-releases/2020/july/turn-the-applause-for-nhs-staff-into-an-early-wage-rise-say-rcm-and-health-unions/.

RCM calls on Government for new money to fund early pay rise for midwives and MSWs https://www.rcm.org.uk/media-releases/2020/august/rcm-calls-on-government-for-new-money-to-fund-early-pay-rise-for-midwives-and-maternity-support-workers/.

 Value NHS with an early and significant pay rise says RCM https://www.rcm.org.uk/media-releases/2020/september/value-nhs-staff-and-award-early-and-significant-pay-rise-says-rcm/.

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance, and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences, and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.