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PremierLeague-News.Com - No nurse wants to go on strike, but industrial action can be an extremely effective way of getting improved conditions
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Nursing staff are worse off now financially than they were 10 years ago, and huge numbers are considering leaving the profession. With conditions deteriorating and a lack of proper recognition from the Government on nurses’ work during the pandemic, at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) we are training thousands of nurses in how to organise effective industrial action.The RCN and other health unions are now launching a campaign against the Government’s one per cent pay proposal for NHS staff. We are pressing for a 12.5 per cent pay rise for all nursing staff across the UK to ensure that we have enough skilled nurses to provide the care that the public needs and the country expects. We know the public is outraged by the one per cent pay proposal, but the Government appears unwilling to invest properly in the nursing workforce. When the Government makes it announcement on NHS pay this summer it must make sure it has listened to NHS staff and the public.A guide to today's talking points, straight to your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.No nurse wants to take industrial action. However, if you’re going to do it and do it successfully, you need to have the majority of the workforce on your side and you need to have the majority of the public understanding what the action is about.To achieve this, we have enlisted the support of leading US-based union organiser Dr Jane McAlevey, whom I first approached four years ago when she spoke at our annual Congress. I’m a great admirer of Dr McAlevey and as well as being a successful author and senior policy fellow at the University of California’s centre for labour research and education, she is widely recognised as the leading authority on organising nurses for industrial action.She has extensive experience of successfully campaigning with nursing staff in the US to improve their terms and conditions and has helped nurses win many industrial action battles.She will help us train up to 25,000 nurses over the next two years. The first training programme starts 18 May and will include how to prepare for industrial action.
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.To be clear, our desire to train members in this way runs much deeper that the current NHS pay row. But this training will help our members channel the anger and frustration they feel at the Government’s one per cent proposal into a mass mobilisation.Organising involves identifying the natural local leaders within your ranks, bringing colleagues together and mobilising public support.The skills RCN members will learn on the six-week online course include how to identify local nurse leaders, how to persuade reluctant colleagues and the public and how to map the resources in your workplace.Dr McAlevey says the mistake trade unions sometimes make is in assuming that the right people to lead their campaigns will already be involved in union activity.Often they are not, she says, so it’s essential any union members organising a local campaign know who these people are and start conversations with them to persuade them to support the union’s campaign. It might be as simple as a union member asking their colleagues who it is within their department they would turn to for advice.Dr McAlevey’s speech on organising principles at our annual Congress four years ago generated huge excitement. The RCN is the largest nursing union and professional body in the world and while we have a strong tradition of activism, we believe adopting these organising principles will help engage far more of our members than we currently reach.As the RCN showed in Northern Ireland two years ago – when its members went on strike for the first time in its 100-year history over pay parity and safe working conditions – industrial action can be an extremely effective way of getting improved terms and conditions.In practice, this could mean anything from winning an industrial ballot to taking part in direct action such a manning a picket line, holding a demonstration or directly lobbying the Government.This is just the first step. We are training tens of thousands of nurse organisers so that we can mobilise hundreds of thousands of nurses to achieve this and much more.Dave Dawes is the Royal College of Nursing Council chair
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