England and Wales Pay Consultation

The 2022/23 pay award for NHS staff employed under Agenda for Change terms and conditions of service in England and Wales is a £1400 consolidated award for most staff  (note that for the top step point of band 6 and all of band 7 the amount is adjusted to equate to a 4% increase). The announcement follows a recommendation from the NHS Pay Review Body. The announcement is of a pay award not a pay offer which means that it will be implemented. It  will be backdated to 1 April 2022.

This pay award is a real terms pay cut and just won’t cut it as RCM members struggle to cope with the rising cost of living and a retention crisis in maternity services.  

We now need to know how RCM members feel and the action you are willing to take.  In order to make a decision to move to an industrial action ballot in accordance with the Trade Union Act 2016 the RCM Board needs a mandate from RCM members.

Before any industrial action can legally take place we will be required to formally ballot using a postal ballot that is independently verified.

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* 1. Do you work in the NHS in:

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* 2. Home postcode (this information will only be used to verify responses are from RCM members your individual response will be totally confidential This information will not be shared or used in any other way)

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* 3. We want to know how you feel about the pay award, on this sliding scale of 1-10 can you tell us how you feel? Note that 1= really happy 10= really unhappy/angry

1 really happy 5 10 really unhappy/angry
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 4. To improve the pay award would require a positive vote for industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a legal postal ballot. Under the Trade Union Act we would need both a high response rate and a high vote in favour.  (Should any form of action be planned, The RCM would work with employers  to ensure safety was maintained and emergency cover provided during industrial action as it did in 2014 when RCM members in England took strike action) How you respond to this survey will guide whether or not we have a full postal ballot