Pay rise for nurses

  MichelleC 09:42 03 Mar 07
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The government have decided to give our nurses a pay rise click here

I wonder if they'll save it or blow the lot in one fell swoop.

  Arthur Scrimshaw 10:10 03 Mar 07

by the real inflation rate experienced by most people in the UK is higher than the published figure. Depending on your personal circumatances and where you live the actual rate can be nearly double the official rate.
The problem with blanket awards like this is they fail to take into account everyone performs differently, and although they make bugeting and administration easier for the Employer, the effect on the Employee can be a big turn off.

  Arthur Scrimshaw 10:12 03 Mar 07

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  Weskit 11:04 03 Mar 07

Think Gordon may have shot himself in the foot... and no nurse to tend him...

  Kate B 11:38 03 Mar 07

I'm surprised to see such a feeble pay rise for nurses, especially as the armed services are getting an above-inflation rise. It seems a mad distribution of the available funds for public-sector workers. The last thing Gordon Brown needs is a confrontation with the unions as he gears up to move into Number 10.

  WhiteTruckMan 11:55 03 Mar 07

who would take the attitude If they don't like the pay then they can do something else,no-ones forcing them to do it. Well I'm not one of them. I think they do a difficult job under trying working conditions that I for one would not like to duplicate. Good luck to them is what I say.

WTM

  Kate B 12:00 03 Mar 07

Actually, I don't feel that about nurses and other health workers. They do a demanding job for rubbish money and there's a real dedication there. And as a general point, nobody - in any profession - should have to put up with a below-inflation pay rise: that's a cut in real terms.

  spuds 12:16 03 Mar 07

I wonder why it is that any pay rise is always condemned within the public sector. The poor overworked underpaid policemen, firemen,council workers, doctors and nurses. There are many people in employment, who have very specialist skills that earn far less than the people mentioned.

In the case of GP's who appear to have not been considered this time around, earning £80000 plus is not a low wage, considering that some of their patients are possibly living on £73.00 or much less per week. One GP as even agreed that he can earn in excess of a quarter of a million pounds, due to his location and addition benefits.

How the government can talk about 2/3% inflation rates is beyond belief, when most people have yearly or even monthly bills that seem to have no protection against constant increases.A typical case recently was the increase in fuel prices. Every type of excuse was made to try and justify these increases, yet when people started to shop around it as become evident that something was seriously wrong, and saving were available.And this effects most people on a low income more so, especially when they are in dire needs of providing for the basics of living.

Kate B often talks about unions and union participation, and I would perhaps suggest that the employees of the NHS and all other public sector employees have a very strong union presence.I would also mention that reading various media article recently, the union bosses do not seem to be on a low pay and privileges scale.

  WhiteTruckMan 12:41 03 Mar 07

"union bosses do not seem to be on a low pay and privileges scale."

What sort of payscale are the people who decide public sector wages on, I wonder?

WTM

  Bingalau 12:44 03 Mar 07

Nurses are truly remarkable people who do their best for their patients. I would be one of the first to cheer if their pay was doubled. As for the armed forces pay rise, I say "Don't believe it." because most of my pay rises whilst in the armed forces, turned out to be those where it was given with one hand and taken back with the other.

  STREETWORK 12:46 03 Mar 07

Hmmm...

My wife is a nurse (I like nurses for some reason) and she is to get a 1.9% pay rise. WOW, government also say that this coupled with their annual increment gives them about 4.4%. But hold on a mo...

The annual increment was agreed to get the basic pay levels up to what they should have been years ago where it was often or not increased under the annual rate of inflation. Some of you will remember the issue.

Take the increase of gas, water, electric, cost of living index into account and 1.9% does very little to give some spare cash in the pocket.

My wife works for the NHS, and also does agency work to make up a decent level of pay. I work for local government and face the same situation, also having to supplement my pay with another job. We both enjoy our work but when this time of the year comes around sometimes think 'why bother'...

Oh, I feel better now, and if anyone would like to offer comment on my own experience, go for it...

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