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‘Scrap pay restraint’ says RCM

30 January, 2017

‘Scrap pay restraint’ says RCM

The RCM is calling for the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB) to break the government’s policy of public sector pay restraint.

The news comes as today (30 January) MPs are due to debate the issue, after a petition against pay restraint gained over 100,000 signatures.
 
The RCM has produced a briefing for MPs as part of its ongoing campaign to end the government’s policy of pay restraint for midwives and other public sector employees.
 
Jon Skewes, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications, said: 'The government has got to show that it values NHS staff, who are working harder and harder, with what seems less and less. 

‘As in the past, the government is pressuring the NHSPRB to keep pay awards to a maximum of 1% for NHS staff. They need to stop this pressure and genuinely allow the pay body the freedom to recommend pay awards.
 
‘Every day we hear from our members that they are struggling with understaffing and subsequently are working harder and longer hours for less and less pay and this simply cannot continue.’
 
In the last six years, the value of the average midwives salary has dropped by £6000. If the pay restraint continues until 2020, that is expected to increase to £9000.
 
Jon added: ‘The government cannot continue to expect maternity services to run on the sheer goodwill of midwives alone and that is why the RCM we will continue to campaign break with the Government’s policy of public sector pay restraint.’

In September 2016 the RCM submitted evidence to the NHSPRB.

Recommendations included a restructure of bands 1-3 to deliver the living wage, and re-setting bands 4-9 of the NHS pay structures to the current Scotland rates.

To read the briefing for MPs, click here. To read the RCM evidence to the NHSPRB, click here

The debate is due to take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm today and can be streamed live. For more information, click here.

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