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The RCN pauses nurses’ strike action in England as ‘intensive talks’ with minister to take place

The Government and Royal College of Nursing have agreed to enter a process of intensive talks. Strikes will be paused during these talks.

The below is a joint statement from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Royal College of Nursing regarding ongoing pay talks.

“The Government and Royal College of Nursing have agreed to enter a process of intensive talks.

“Both sides are committed to finding a fair and reasonable settlement that recognises the vital role that nurses and nursing play in the National Health Service and the wider economic pressures facing the United Kingdom and the Prime Minister’s priority to halve inflation.

“The talks will focus on pay, terms and conditions, and productivity enhancing reforms.

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“The Health Secretary will meet with the Royal College of Nursing on Wednesday to begin talks. The Royal College of Nursing will pause strike action during these talks.”

The next strikes were planned for 48 hours from the morning of Wednesday 1 March to the morning of Friday 3 March with every single member in England, where there is a mandate to strike, being called to withdraw their labour.

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