Wednesday 6th September saw roughly 2,000 nurses descend upon Westminster to fervently express their outrage and vent fury at the 1% pay cap. The cap on their pay has restricted the earnings of nurses around the country for the last 7 years and they were determined to make their grievances heard ahead of the potential first ever nurses’ strike.
Yes, industrial action could be a genuine concern for Theresa May’s Conservative government as union members have already voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.
Pay increases for nurses have been capped at 1% for the last seven years. However, it is thought that the restriction has resulted in real term pay cuts for nurses of up to 14% since the controversial policy came into effect.
Wednesday’s protest was organised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and saw protestors take turns to voice their complaints and tell their stories.
Cecelia Anim, president of the RCN, told the gathered crowd that she had a message for “the people next door” before going on to say: “For far too long our hard work, our skill, our dedication has been taken for granted by this government … for too long the lives of our friends and colleagues have been blighted. And why? Because our pay has been cut.”