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Royal College of Nursing — 'we’ll fight over pensions'

Issue No. 1950

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has threatened action over pensions.

Meeting for their annual congress last week, delegates voted by 96 percent for a motion that opposed government plans to raise the pension age from 60 to 65.

The emergency motion stated, “Congress urges RCN council to impress upon the government that they will not rule out industrial action over pensions if all other measures fail.”

Belinda Hodder proposed the motion, receiving a standing ovation when she told nurses, “Forget quiet power. We need to stand together loud and proud regarding this matter.

“I am passionate about patients, I am passionate about nursing and I am passionate about my pension.”

Nurses in the RCN are not currently considering strike action over pensions, but could refuse to carry out paperwork or put in unpaid overtime—without which the NHS would grind to a halt.

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Thu 5 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950
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