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Nurses pay offer 'divisive' and 'insulting'

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The latest pay offer for Guernsey's nurses is 'divisive' and 'insulting', according to their union.

The Royal College of Nursing met with government bosses on Monday.

The union reacted to the latest pay offer from the States by calling it 'an insult.'

The new offer, made to union negotiators on Monday is:

  • 5% increase to all pay scales and allowances (in line with normal practice) to apply from 1 January 2019 for a one year period.
  • 5% increase to all pay scales and allowances (in line with normal practice) for bands up to and including Band 7 to apply from 1 January 2020 for a one year period.
  • 3% increase to all pay scales and allowances (in line with normal practice) for band above 7 to apply from 1 January 2020 for a one year period.

After 5 months of asking, we were delighted to finally get some meaningful talks arranged. The talking has been less than meaningful though and the offer is not only divisive it is insulting. Our members will see through this and within minutes of sharing the news on social media they were calling it out for splitting the higher pay bands by giving them a lesser uplift than the lower bands. After all of their efforts this is frankly insulting and I am disappointed that we can’t go back to our members with something more positive.

I have been involved in pay negotiations for 15 years and the talks yesterday were cynical and patronising. There has been no attempt by P&R to listen to our members or to change their position. They have grossly under estimated nurses on Guernsey with this offer.

We will of course put this to our members in a ballot and it will be up to them as to whether we accept or reject the offer. This ballot will inform our next steps.

– Kenny Lloyd, Royal College of Nursing Convenor