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Midwives welcome Scottish Government pledge on lifting public sector pay cap

30 June, 2017

Midwives welcome Scottish Government pledge on lifting public sector pay cap

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In the Scottish parliament yesterday the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, said the Scottish Government ‘has committed to lifting the pay cap’ for public sector workers. Commenting on the statement, Mary Ross-Davie, Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Director for Scotland, said: “This is a move that we applaud, and will be very good news for our hard-pressed and hard working midwives, maternity support workers and other NHS staff.

“What is needed now is a fair pay award that makes up for the years of pay freezes and pay restraint in the NHS, which has seen midwives’ pay drop in value by over £6,000 since 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.

“The RCM calls on other U.K. Governments to follow this position with no delay and to fund fair pay in the NHS.”

To read Derek Mackay’s statement visit http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11042&i=100862.

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

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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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