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‘RCM Scotland welcomes lifting of public sector pay cap’

5 September, 2017

‘RCM Scotland welcomes lifting of public sector pay cap’

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Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed this afternoon that the 1 % cap on public sector pay rises in Scotland will be scrapped from next year.

Responding to the announcement the Royal College of Midwives (RCMs) Director for Scotland, Mary Ross-Davie said; “The RCM very much welcomes this afternoon’s announcement by Scotland’s First Minister. The RCM has campaigned long and hard on behalf of our members for the pay cap to be lifted and we are happy that the Scottish Government has finally listened to our calls. With this announcement, the Scottish Government has led the way for the other countries of the UK  to follow.

However, it is not enough to lift the pay cap, there must be a commitment in place to fund an above-inflationary pay increase for midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff.


“While the First Minister’s commitment is great news for Scotland’s hard working midwives, maternity support workers and all other NHS staff what is now needed is for the NHS Pay Review Body to be able to recommend a fair pay award with the knowledge that the funding will be made available to pay it. It is clear to midwives that fair pay is now well over due. Years of pay freezes and pay restraint in the NHS has left midwives’ pay in real terms around six-thousand pounds lower in value per year than it was in 2010.

“Midwives are not asking for anything out of the ordinary. They are just asking to be treated fairly in exchange for their often selfless dedication and commitment to providing our mothers, babies and their families with the best possible care and start in life.

The RCM hopes  that other UK Governments will now look towards today’s announcement in Scotland and follow suit and the funding will be made available to pay an above-inflationary award to midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff.”


For more information on the RCM’s Fair Pay Over Due  campaign click here: https://www.rcm.org.uk/pay




To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456, or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.


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/.


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