The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is to set up a £35 million industrial motion fund in response to the federal government’s suggestion of a 1% pay rise for NHS employees.
RCN chief government and normal secretary Dame Donna Kinnair condemned well being minster Nadine Dorries’ declare that 1% was “the most” the federal government may afford, calling it “pitiful and bitterly disappointing”.
The nursing union has now stated it has set up a fund that can be utilized to offer compensation for loss of earnings and campaigning ought to members resort to strike motion.
An announcement stated: “The RCN Council are decided to have the funds obtainable to our members ought to they want to take motion.
“In setting up this fund, the RCN will create the UK’s largest union strike fund in a single day.”
Ms Kinnair warned the federal government to anticipate a “backlash” from 1,000,000 NHS staff over its announcement on pay.
She added: “The authorities is dangerously out of contact with nursing employees, NHS employees and the general public.
“It isn’t a accomplished deal however the authorities has revealed its hand for the primary time.
“With the time remaining earlier than the Pay Review Body suggestion, the federal government can anticipate a backlash from 1,000,000 NHS employees.”
The RCN had been campaigning for a 12.5% pay rise.