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Guernsey nurses accept 4.25% pay rise with promise of reform to pay scales

RCN welcomes deal and news that independent chair has been appointed to pay review body
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RCN welcomes deal and news that independent chair has been appointed to pay review body

Nurses on Guernsey have accepted a 4.25% pay rise with the promise of further reform to pay scales.

All RCN members working in health and social care on the island were balloted on a deal for 2017 and 2018, with 96% of respondents in favour. Members of all other relevant unions, including the Royal College of Midwives and Unite accepted the proposal too.

A move in the right direction

RCN senior officer Julie Lewers said: We are pleased we can now accept this offer and move forward. While it isnt perfect, it is a significant move in the right direction.

Negotiations have been going on since 2016 and Ms Lewers said Guernsey's government had now crucially agreed to a complete review on nurse

RCN welcomes deal and news that independent chair has been appointed to pay review body

Guernsey money

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Nurses on Guernsey have accepted a 4.25% pay rise with the promise of further reform to pay scales.

All RCN members working in health and social care on the island were balloted on a deal for 2017 and 2018, with 96% of respondents in favour. Members of all other relevant unions, including the Royal College of Midwives and Unite accepted the proposal too.

A move in the right direction

RCN senior officer Julie Lewers said: ‘We are pleased we can now accept this offer and move forward. While it isn’t perfect, it is a significant move in the right direction.’

Negotiations have been going on since 2016 and Ms Lewers said Guernsey's government had now ‘crucially’ agreed to a complete review on nurse pay.

The RCN believes there is an imbalance between the value placed on nurses and on other public sector workers on the island.

Ms Lewers added: ‘We welcome the news that an independent chair has been appointed to the review body and hope this will address the deep-rooted concerns around nurses’ terms and conditions, and recruitment and retention.

‘We will now focus all of our efforts on this review and I look forward to meeting members later this week to discuss what needs to be done.’

Breakdown of the new deal

A turnout of 44% voted on whether to accept:

  • A lump sum payment for the pay period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. This is equivalent to at least 2.5% of the top of each band, rounded up to the nearest £50. For example, a band 5 will nurse will receive £850 and band 7 will receive £1,250.
  • A 4.25% increase in basic pay backdated from 1 April 2018.

Employers' payroll departments have been informed but it is not yet clear whether staff will see the rise in their June or July pay.

The RCN hopes to have a further pay deal negotiated for the start of 2019, once the pay review has been completed with Guernsey's government.

Meanwhile, RCN members in England have one day left to vote on a proposed three-year NHS pay deal.


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