The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced its participation in the ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign to urge the UK government to end the current pay restraint on NHS midwives and maternity support workers.
The RCM is calling on Government to end the public sector pay gap and to commit fully to funding pay that reflects the cost of living, which midwives and other NHS professionals have seen a loss of earnings from since 2010.
According to statistics, the value of pay for the average midwife has dropped by around £6,000 since 2010, and could drop even further as inflation increases.
The ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign was created shortly after research found an increasing number of midwives and nurses were leaving the profession.
Research by the RCM found that 80% of midwives, who said they would consider leaving the profession, would stay if they received a fair pay rise.
Speaking about the ‘Fair Pay Overdue’ campaign, Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM, Jon Skewes, said: “The Government must fully commit to fully fund a real terms pay increase for midwives and NHS staff. Anything less will fundamentally damage employment relations in the NHS and will add to the already rock-bottom NHS morale.
“It will further push midwives out of the profession at a time when we already have a shortage of midwives that is getting worse. We need our NHS staff more than ever because ultimately, investment in NHS staff is an investment in high quality, safe NHS care.”
As part of the campaign, midwives and maternity support workers are being encouraged to write to their local MP.
The union is also conducting a pay survey for RCM members. The survey results will be submitted as evidence to the NHS Pay Review Board this autumn.
Members of the RCM can take part in the survey here. The closing date for the survey is Monday 31 July 2017.
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