I think Dr. Peter Carter has actually possibly grown a pair. I think I am turned on. Well, not really.
I wanted to inform you of a very important development relating to the proposals to freeze the incremental pay for all NHS staff in England in exchange for a "no compulsory redundancy" guarantee for some staff.The RCN will be correct if they reject the proposals. We are already working for free much of the time........ in horrid conditions that a private sector employee could never imagine. I am counting the minutes until I return to the private sector myself. Jobs have been going for years unofficially(via natural wastage i.e not replacing retiring, immigrating, sectioned under the mental health act staff nurses).
Today, the RCN rejected the proposals, calling them "illogical" and said they were an "attack upon hard-working nurses". This decision is due to be ratified by Council next week.
The RCN took this decision after hearing the strength of feeling from members who have contacted us by email, via our Facebook page and by post and phone.
Over the past few weeks you've told us how angry you are, you've told us what impact the proposals would have on you and you've said that you want to see the proposals rejected. We listened.
Today, I'm asking you to tell decision makers why your increment matters to you. You can tell us what you think by uploading your thoughts to the new Frontline First video wall.
Asking you to give up your increments when in return only some would have a guarantee of no compulsory redundancy is, frankly, just not on.
We are also highly sceptical that the Employers would be able to deliver on job security. After all, the RCN's Frontline First campaign has already identified 27,000 jobs earmarked to be cut in the NHS.
Tell decision-makers why your increments are so important and why this proposal was so unacceptable, both to you and the future of patient care. Record your short film today on a mobile phone or webcam.
The proposals also coincide with the increase in VAT and continuing anger over bankers' bonuses. Nurses and healthcare assistants did not argue against the two-year pay freeze announced last year as you accepted the argument that 'we're all in it together'. However, we fail to see how this is true when bankers are walking away with bonuses (when you bailed them out) and nursing staff are being asked to take yet another pay cut.
Enough is enough.
Dr Peter Carter
Chief Executive & General Secretary
Not matter how much cash they save it will NEVER EVER HIT THE FRONTLINES. The NHS could have a windfall of 100 trillion pounds. Not one penny would trickle down to the frontlines. Not one. Even if they did save a ton of cash via pay cuts and redundancies we all know that our patients will never see any benefit from that, and neither will we. We will not only be impoverished but we will be the scapegoat for all the patient complaints. We can't function as it is.....
Government is untrustworthy. And we should all be giving the finger to them. They take a lot of money off of us, have always artificially suppressed our wages and do not deliver what they promise for our patients.