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End Pay Cap On International Nurses Day

Friday, May 12, 2017

On Florence Nightingale's birthday, union calls on Government to end 'cruel' wage cap

GMB, the union for NHS staff, demands the Government marks International Nurses Day to end the ‘cruel’ public sector pay cap.

Since the cap was introduced in 2010 GMB analysis shows every nurse has lost £14,500 from their wages – more than £3,000 a year. [1]

The Conservatives have pledged to keep the 1% cap in place until at least 2020 – enforcing a deeper pay cut on nurses every year.

By 2020, the average nurse will have had £18,200 pinched from their wages by the Tories.

GMB has launched an End the Public Sector Pay Pinch campaign, calling on the Government to end the cap. [2]

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“Today is Florence Nightingale’s birthday  - a day when people all over the world honour the amazing, selfless work our nurses do.

“The NHS is taking a real pounding – and the Government seems to think its staff can take the strain – carrying on doing more and more for less.

“We call on Jeremy Hunt to stop punishing the nurses we all depend on – end this cruel pay cap once and for all.”


[1] Figures taken from the GMB’s report End the Public Sector Pay Pinch, 08 March 2017:

Average real-terms (CPI) losses by occupation

Figures may not tally due to rounding 

Job Title

Total pinched 2010 - 2017

Total to be pinched 2010 - 2020

Catering Assistant






Teaching Assistant



Ambulance Fleet Assistant



Administrative Assistant



Qualified Residential Care Worker



999 Call Handler



Average Public Sector Worker



Social Worker



Housing Officer



Staff Nurse







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