Pay change hits N-E

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A REGIONAL branch of a nursing union says the North-East will be among the areas hardest hit by plans to pay nurses according to where they live.

The Northern branch of the Royal College of Nursing, which has members in Hartlepool, spoke out against Government plans for local pay bargaining for public sector workers.

Glenn Turp, the union’s regional director said: “Regional pay has ramifications for everyone who lives and works here, both in the public and independent sectors, and regardless of whether or not you work in the health sector.

“The Government is attempting to address recruitment problems in the public sector in London and the south east at the expense of the rest of the country, and our region will be one of the hardest hit.

“To pay our nurses significantly less than their London counterparts, who already get extra pay in the form of London weighting, is fundamentally unfair.”