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RCM comments on RCN industrial action survey result

14 May, 2017

RCM comments on RCN industrial action survey result

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Commenting on the result of the RCN’s survey about pay restraint Jon Skewes the RCM’s director of policy, employment relations and communications said: “NHS staff have now seen seven years of pay restraint and with at least another three years on the horizon. Continuing pay restraint is a disastrous, unsustainable policy for maternity services and the NHS. We are working with other NHS trade unions to break the Government’s policy of pay restraint.

“Back in 2014 we took the historic decision to take industrial action for the first time in our 134-year history. The RCM took a leading role in that dispute and the historic scenes of midwives and maternity support workers on the picket lines was a pivotal step in winning the dispute.

“The NHS is reliant on midwives’, maternity support workers’ and all other NHS staffs’ goodwill and we want the Government to recognise that. We want to use the opportunity of the general election to influence the Government to address the staffing crisis in the NHS and work to retain existing NHS staff in the service. We want the Government to show all NHS staff they are valued by allowing the NHS Pay Review Body to make an unfettered recommendation on NHS pay. Investment in NHS staff is an investment in high quality, safe care.”

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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