RCN no-confidence victory is inspiration to left members of right-leaning unions

Nursing activists have achieved an outstanding result in a crucial vote in the Royal College of Nurses (RCN), with 78% of those who voted expressing no confidence in the leadership of their union, which has had a long reputation for being right-leaning and Establishment-friendly:

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The result was announced on Facebook by a well-known nursing campaigner in a post on the ‘#NursesRoar’ page:

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The vote centred around nurses’ dissatisfaction with what they felt was the RCN leadership’s misleading communications about a pay deal that most nurses voted to accept earlier this year, but which gave many a far lower increase than they felt led to expect.

The simple motion reads:

We have no confidence in the current leadership of the RCN, and call on council to stand down.

The result is hugely significant for nurses in their fight for respect and decent treatment by a Tory government that has cut their real-terms pay and treated them and their NHS colleagues – and the whole public sector – with manifest disrespect.

But it’s also a beacon for members of unions with right-leaning leadership – and for Labour members who want to harness the power and influence of those unions fully in support of Labour’s radical programme to transform society – an example of what can be achieved if members organise and are motivated to drive change in their organisation.

Labour’s annual conference, which finished on Wednesday, has taken the party huge strides forward in its democracy and its readiness to be a government of and for the people. There’s more to be done, but nurses who campaigned, planned and organised to achieve this stellar result are an inspiration.

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  1. hmm not because these complaints against their highly trained hcps who work for atos crapita Maximus it isn’t about their dodgy reports lies its all about pay rise while many get stuffed by their assessments hmm life hay

    1. Atos, Maxima and Capita are the most hideous of parasites. They are funded by the public – yet they attack the public.

  2. Having worked as a nurse for well over 30 yrs it surprises me little that the RCN acted in such an unscrupulous manner. The RCN were always an elitist body, refusing to allow unregistered nursing auxiliaries/health care assistants to join as restricted members only very latterly, and as only full members until 2011. I never joined the RCN despite holding senior nursing roles, finding them too conservative and acquiescent to policies that harmed the NHS, they often denounced nurses who took industrial action.


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