Big day for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the main body of UK nurses. More than 300,000 of its members took part in the vote, the largest in the union’s 106-year history, in favor of a national mobilization for wages. “Our strike will be as much for the patients as for the nurses, they support our initiative,” said Pat Cullen, union secretary.
The count is still ongoing, but RCN officials believe a sufficient number of members have voted for a mobilization this winter, according to the British news agency PA. This should take place in the coming weeks, perhaps before Christmas. The union is asking for a wage increase of 5% above inflation.
A record number of resignations
The exact nature of the strike is yet to be determined but it is likely that patients already facing record waiting lists will face disruption to surgeries and appointments. “The majority of services will be cut and strikes will be set up across the country,” a union source told the paper. Observe.
A record number of nursing jobs are vacant and 25,000 UK nurses have left the Nursing and Midwifery Council register (the body that counts them) in the last twelve months. A recent analysis found that the salary of an experienced nurse has fallen by 20% in constant prices since 2010.