Want to catch up on the latest pay campaign activity? Here's what we have done so far: 

  • The Scotland pay consultation is now open. We are encouraging RCM members in Scotland to vote for the NHS pay rise. Access consultation here or see further information via the press release. The consultation closes midday on 10 May.
  • At the end of March we hosted a live webinar entitled 'Why midwives and maternity support workers MSW's deserve a pay rise' to hear directly the experiences of our midwife and MSW members . Guests including Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester took part in the session:


  • In March we called out the Government's proposal to the Pay Review Body (PRB) of a 1% increase for midwives and maternity support worker as 'absolute insult'. RCM calls Government NHS pay proposal 'an absolute insult'

  • On 5 March we also wrote a public letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to further express our utter dismay at the 1% pay proposal

  • Also, in March in Scotland the RCM called the Cabinet Secretary out for offering staff a one off payment and attempting to avoid negotiations with unions in Scotland representing staff 

  • In January pay was included in the RCM’s New Year’s 2021 wish list to Government for UK maternity services 
  • Also, January we wrote again to the Prime Minister urging him to speed up the pay process so NHS staff receive a promised wage rise as soon as possible. You can read the media release here.

  • In November with the other NHS trade unions we wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister. Highlighting the impact COVID-19 is having on the NHS and its staff including the risk that many will leave. We repeated our call again that an early pay rise would recognise your skills

  • In October, our General Secretary and CEO Gill Walton highlights pay in her address at the RCM’s Annual Midwifery Conference 

  • In September, we used one of our motions to the annual Trade Union Congress to continue our campaign

  • In August, we repeated our call for an early and significant pay rise and to ensure that other services aren’t defunded to pay for it

  • In July, with the other NHS trade unions we wrote to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister calling for pay talks to start to get NHS staff a wage boost before the end of the year

  • We have also been using evidence from RCM member surveys to show the pressure that maternity services are under. The survey we carried out over the summer showed that midwives and MSWs struggle to access breaks and are working unpaid overtime. You can see those survey results in more detail here.

  • We started our campaign to ‘deliver a decent deal’ for midwives and MSWs saying the Government must act now to give maternity services what they need to cope with the demands on them, addressing shortages and rewarding staff. This follows the publication of the results of an RCM member survey revealing seven out of ten midwives have considered leaving the midwifery profession
  • The RCM is also working alongside the other NHS trade unions to ask everyone to stand ‘With NHS Staff’ and has been involved in a digital campaign aimed at increasing public support for midwives, maternity support workers and all NHS staff.