Almost 280,000 nurses in England will vote on whether or not to just accept or reject the federal government’s NHS pay provide from at present.
Following six days of strike motion since mid-December, negotiations have been held between the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), together with different unions, and well being ministers in late February and early March.
The authorities subsequently made a pay provide on 16 March. The RCN is recommending its members settle for the deal.
Only RCN members employed on Agenda for Change (AfC) contracts might be eligible to vote, in a poll open from 28 March till 14 April.
AfC is the nationwide pay system for all NHS workers, except medical doctors, dentists and most senior managers.
The provide made by the UK authorities consists of:
• Two one-off funds for the present monetary 12 months 2022/23. When mixed, these quantities are price between £1,655 and £3,789 depending on wage band, and are extra to will increase to pay already made this monetary 12 months. These are known as non-consolidated quantities since they don’t rely in the direction of members’ pensions and aren’t added to their future pay packet.
• A 5% consolidated (everlasting) pay enhance for 2023/24 for all these at level 2 of band 2 and above.
• A collection of commitments and plans to enhance pay, phrases and circumstances over time. These embody a selected dedication to the RCN to contemplate a brand new pay backbone solely for all nursing workers, as a part of work to deal with challenges with profession and pay development with the intention that ensuing adjustments may be delivered throughout the 2024/25 pay 12 months. The provide additionally consists of commitments on secure staffing and tackling violence
RCN normal secretary and chief government Pat Cullen stated: “Ministers spent many months ignoring the voice of nursing and they forced us to take extremely difficult strike action before recognising the need to look again at pay in the NHS.
“Weeks of negotiation resulted in a brand new provide and it is solely proper that we ask our members to vote once more and to present their view on the federal government’s proposal.
“Whatever the members decide, we will build on the last few months of campaigning for fair pay and recognition.”
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She added that members have been being urged to “look at the offer in full”.
“Nursing staff have fought proudly for their profession and patients alike in recent months. Our membership has never been stronger and their determination has led to this new offer,” she stated.
Tens of hundreds of nurses from the RCN went on strike for the primary time of their greater than 100-year historical past simply earlier than Christmas, then once more in January and February.
The transfer in England to droop walkouts adopted an analogous postponement in Wales.
In Scotland, NHS nurses have been provided a 6.5% pay rise, plus a lump sum fee, for 2023-2024. Nurses there voted to just accept the provide but additionally did not rule out future strikes.
Many different disputes are nonetheless ongoing, with junior medical doctors staging a three-day strike in England earlier this month in a separate row with the federal government over pay.