Nurses will begin voting on Thursday on whether or not to strike over pay amid warnings that document numbers are leaving the occupation.
Around 300,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are being requested in the event that they need to mount a marketing campaign of commercial motion within the union’s first UK-wide poll.
The RCN stated new evaluation by London Economics to coincide with the poll launch confirmed that pay for nurses has declined at twice the speed of the non-public sector within the final decade.
Nurses’ real-terms earnings have fallen by 6 per cent in contrast with 3.2 per cent for personal sector staff, it was discovered.
It is the primary time in its 106-year historical past that the RCN has balloted members throughout the UK on strike motion and it’s urging them to vote in favour. The poll closes on 2 November.
The RCN stated it’s inviting members of the general public to co-sign a letter to prime minister Liz Truss which says: “On behalf of the nursing profession, I implore you to see sense. Protect nursing to protect the public.”
RCN basic secretary Pat Cullen stated in a message to these being balloted: “This is a once-in-a-generation chance to improve your pay and combat the staff shortages that put patients at risk.
“Governments have repeatedly neglected the NHS and the value of nursing. We can change this if together we say ‘enough is enough’.
“Record numbers are feeling no alternative but to quit and patients pay a heavy price. We are doing this for them too.
“I have spoken with hundreds of you directly in recent weeks – it’s clear we need urgent change.
“Nursing is the best job in the world. Protect it with your vote.”
The RCN stated new polling carried out by YouGov confirmed assist from two-thirds of the general public for nurses taking strike motion, whereas three-quarters of respondents stated there are too few nurses to supply protected care within the NHS.
Health employees in different commerce unions are additionally being balloted for industrial motion over pay.
Earlier this yr, the federal government gave most NHS employees a £1,400 pay rise, properly under what unions have been calling for.