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Midwives will be worse off by 2022, says TUC

17 October, 2017

Midwives will be worse off by 2022, says TUC

New analysis by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that midwives will be thousands of pounds worse off a year by 2022 despite the public sector pay cap being scrapped.

The TUC says the findings are proof that the ‘living standards squeeze’ will continue for midwives and all other public sector workers.
 
The findings released today (17 October) coincide with a major TUC rally against the pay cap in Parliament Square, London.

RCM chief executive Gill Walton will join the TUC’s general secretary Frances O’Grady and other trade unions leaders who will address attendees at the rally.

Members of the RCM, as well as other NHS trade unions and various unions representing public sectors workers, will be present at the rally.

Commenting on the TUC’s analysis, RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications Jon Skewes said: ‘The RCM will continue to lobby the government alongside the TUC and all other NHS Unions until the government commits to fully funding a real terms pay increase for all our hard working NHS staff and other public sector workers. 

‘The government can no longer deny vital NHS frontline staff a fair pay rise in line with inflation and the cost of living and it must make the case now to the NHS pay review body for a fully funded real-terms pay increase for NHS staff.’

He added that it is time for the government to concede NHS unions’ pay claim in full and commit to fully funding a real terms pay increase, as anything less will damage employment relations and further push midwives out of the profession at a time when there is already a shortage that is getting worse.

Jon said: ‘Our maternity services are in crisis, the birth rate is higher than ever before, maternity teams are over stretched and there is a shortage of 3500 midwives in England alone. 

‘What the government is doing is utterly irresponsible and they are potentially creating another staffing crisis in our maternity services. If they continue their policy of pay restraint, midwives will continue to leave the profession in their droves and those interested in making a career in midwifery will no doubt be deterred.’

Last year an RCM survey revealed that 80% of the midwives who had left or were considering leaving the service said they would stay if they had a pay rise.

‘Midwives and MSWs work incredibly hard under increasingly challenging circumstances and they are working harder every day while seeing their pay drop. Funding for NHS staff and fair pay has never been more critical,’ Jon added.
 
More details on the RCM’s Fair Pay Overdue Campaign are available here.

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