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Nurses pass vote of no confidence in union over pay deal handling

This article was taken from: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/30/nurses-pass-vote-of-no-confidence-in-union-over-pay-deal-handling

By Mattha Busby

Royal College of Nursing council expected to step down after members’ fury over miscommunicated pay rise

Royal College of Nursing members angry with their union’s handling of changes to the NHS pay deal have voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the organisation in a unprecedented move amid accusations it had misrepresented expected pay increases.

It came after a protracted saga within the RCN after its former general secretary Janet Davies admitted it had wrongly told members they would all be in line for an immediate 3% pay increase this year following the end of the 1% pay cap.

Members were frustrated after many did not receive expected rises in pay, forcing Davies to step down amid pressure from members, which led to the no-confidence vote in the college’s council at an emergency general meeting in Birmingham on Friday following a petition.