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CQC nurses vote for industrial action

Nurses representatives are considering the next steps after CQC nurses voted to strike over pay concerns.

Announcing the pay ballot results announced, the RCN said that the legal threshold for any industrial action had been met. This includes strike action and working to rule (action short of strike).  

For the last month RCN members employed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have been voting in a statutory ballot over their most recent 2022-23 pay award. In December 2022, CQC imposed a pay award below recommended levels of 2.75 per cent for Grade A staff, 3 per cent for Grade B & C staff and 3.75 per cent for Grades D to F staff. This came alongside a one-off payment of either £100 or £150. The RCN believes this pay award is unacceptable.

The results of the RCN’s ballot were as follows:  

  • 60.29 per cent of eligible members took part in the ballot  
  • 84.62 per cent of members voted in favour of action short of strike 
  • 55.56 per cent of members voted in favour of strike action.

Members looking for more information on this can email the RCN directly with their questions:  


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