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Pay dispute: nurses on Guernsey head for industrial action

Channel island's RCN members are demanding pay parity with public sector colleagues

Channel island's RCN members are demanding pay parity with public sector colleagues

Nurses on Guernsey could be starting industrial action in December in a dispute about pay.

RCN members rejected the offer of a 5% pay increase – and their message could hardly have been clearer.

Newly qualified nurses’ salaries

  • Guernsey  £26,404

  • Northern Ireland  £22,795

  • Jersey £39,175

A decisive 92% of those taking part voted to hold out for the 10% they say they need to achieve parity with other public sector workers on the Channel island. And 90% said they supported industrial action.

If such action goes ahead, it could coincide with a potential strike by fellow RCN members in Northern Ireland, where NHS pay is lower than anywhere else in the UK. Such an event would be unprecedented in the college's history.

In contrast, members of Unite have accepted the States of Guernsey government's offer.

Guernsey's RCN convener Kenny Lloyd said members will meet next week to plan their next steps.

The RCN ballot turnout was 59%.


The rejected pay offer 

  • 5% pay increase for all nurses for 2019
  • 5% pay increases for all nurses up to and including band 7 for 2020
  • A 3% pay increase for nurses above band 7 for 2020

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