Health Secretary Steve Barclay said nurses were offered a “fair pay rise” this year following news that nurses would go on strike for two days next month.
In a tweet Friday morning, Berkley said: This means that newly qualified nurses typically earn over £31,000 a year.
“[The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)] The government is demanding a significant wage increase of 17.6%. That’s about three times the average pay raise for millions of hardworking people outside the public sector,” he continued.
The RCN says the figure of £1,400 is erroneous due to the fact that experienced nurses have deteriorated by 20% in real terms due to successive awards below inflation since 2010.
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The union announced that on December 15th and 20th, union members will conduct a first-ever national walkout. The strike lasts 12 hours.
This was after an offer of negotiations as an alternative to industrial action was turned down by the government.
The strikes will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, greatly escalating ongoing wage negotiations.
In Scotland, the RCN suspended strike announcements after the Scottish government resumed NHS wage negotiations.
RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen said:
“My offer of formal negotiations was turned down and the ministers chose to strike instead. They have the power and the means to stop this by holding serious talks to address our dispute.
“Nursing staff have had enough of being taken for granted, of being underpaid, of being unsafely staffed and of being unable to provide the care patients deserve.”
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streetting said: Patients are already unable to get treatment on time and strike action is the last thing they need but the government is making this happen.Patients will never forgive the Conservatives for this negligence. .
https://www.politics.co.uk/news/2022/11/25/nurses-are-getting-fair-pay-rise-says-barclay-as-strike-dates-announced/ Barclay says nurses are getting ‘fair’ raises as strike dates announced