Nurses to stage day of protest over pay rise snub

Nurses to stage day of protest over pay rise snub

Nurses to stage day of protest over pay rise snub

First published in News

Nurses will take part in a day of action as part of a national pay row.

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) from Yorkshire and Humber will take part in an event in June protesting against the government’s refusal to honour a recommended one per cent pay rise for all NHS staff.

The RCN Yorkshire and The Humber Day of Action will be held on Thursday, June 5 from 11am to 2pm at Leeds General Infirmary, Calverley Street, Leeds.

It is the first in a series of activities to show the government how angry NHS nursing staff feel about its decision, in March, not to award all NHS staff a one per cent cost of living rise in 2014/15, as recommended by the Independent Pay Review Body.

Roy Tomlinson, RCN Council member for Yorkshire and The Humber and chairman of the Regional Board, said: “Nurses and health care assistants are struggling to cope with mounting cost-of-living pressures on top of unprecedented demands at work.”

A Department of Health spokesman said: “NHS staff are our greatest asset. We cannot afford a pay rise on top of incremental pay increases of up to six per cent without risking frontline jobs and safe staffing levels.”

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