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Nurses warn of December strikes if no negotiations in next 5 days

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In a letter to Health Secretary Steve Barclay following the autumn statement, RCN Secretary General Pat Cullen said the Chancellor had shown that “the Government remains unprepared to give my members the support they need at work and at home”.

She said recent meetings with the minister had been “in a cordial tone” but had not resolved the issues at the heart of the proposed strike action.

Last week the RCN announced that nurses from most NHS employers across the UK had voted to strike over pay and patient safety.

In the letter she added: “It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that we will announce the dates and locations of our strike action in December unless our next meeting is a formal salary negotiation, which begins within the next five days .”

The RCN is calling for a pay rise of 5% above inflation and says that despite a pay rise earlier this year, experienced nurses are 20% worse off as consecutive awards have been given below inflation since 2010.

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