LETTER:Nurses have the right to strike over local pay bargaining

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From Ms Maggie Davies

Sir: I must support the nurses in their anger. Why should two people doing the same job in different parts of the country get different rates of pay? Just because there are already regional differences in some jobs, there is no excuse to compound this mistake. Since moving from London to Devon, I have noticed no reduction in the cost of food, gas, electricity or water. My mortgage is comparable, and the quality of public transport in Devon and Cornwall, which is both more expensive and less efficient than in London, makes car ownership a necessity rather than a luxury.

Regional pay differences are no less iniquitous than gender or racial pay differences.

Yours faithfully,


Newton Abbot, Devon

17 May