Nurses in Scotland are Being Balloted over the 5% Pay Rise Offer

If you look at any nurse agency or if you work with a nursing recruitment agency right now then you may be aware that trade unions across Scotland have now started to ballot nursing staff that are in Scotland over their pay and they have also started to explore a bit of their appetite over industrial action. The RCN chose to open a ballot to their members who were working in the NHS in Scotland and they have suggested that they reject the award for 5% extra pay. They are going to ask their members that they would be willing to do in terms of industrial action and they have also asked them if they would be willing to take any strike action as well. Other unions have launched their ballots and they have recommended that their members reject the ballot as well. Unison have suggested that the 35,000 members reject and instead opt for industrial action instead.

If nursing staff were to show support for things like industrial action based on the ballots then it would seem that unions have to do another ballot before any kind of action, or even industrial action can take place. The poll has been carried out by YouGov and they have found that a lot of people, nearly 50% would support carers who have care jobs in rejecting the proposal so that more favourable terms can be achieved later on. Who knows what the future holds but right now it would seem that more has to be done to make sure that people are given the help and support they need in regards to nurses and to also make sure that they are getting a fair level of treatment in terms of the work that they do.

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