MP backs nurses in pay protest

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NORTH Wales nurses trav­elled to Lon­don to protest against the 1% cap on pub­lic sec­tor pay out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

Del­e­gates from the Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing joined stu­dent nurses, health care sup­port work­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic in the 90-minute rally in Par­lia­ment Square.

The rally was or­gan­ised as part of the RCN’s Scrap the Cap cam­paign, which called on the Gov­ern­ment to re­move the 1% cap on NHS pay.

Shortly af­ter the rally, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced that the pay cap was to be lifted but, al­though pay set­tle­ments for po­lice and prison of­fi­cers have al­ready been an­nounced, nurses are still in the dark.

Pay has been cited as one of the rea­sons why nurses have been leav­ing their pro­fes­sion in droves, with the cost of liv­ing hav­ing risen by 22% since 2010 but pub­lic sec­tor pay hav­ing on av­er­age only risen by 4.4%.

A re­cent sur­vey of NHS work­ers re­vealed that 73% had to ask fam­ily and friends for fi­nan­cial sup­port, and hun­dreds of re­spon­dents said they had used a food bank.

The nurses were joined at the rally by Ynys Môn MP Al­bert Owen, who said: “I fully sup­port the Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing and UNI­SON in their cam­paigns.

“This Gov­ern­ment has cho­sen to con­tinue these need­less aus­ter­ity mea­sures, and our pub­lic ser­vice work­ers are the ones pay­ing a heavy price.

“These work­ers de­serve a rise and they de­serve it right now.”

MP Al­bert Owen with Royal Col­lege of Nurs­ing del­e­gates out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment

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