1. ITV Report

Nurses given permission to strike in Guernsey over pay

Royal College of Nursing members in Guernsey will be allowed to take part in an Industrial Action ballot. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Royal College of Nursing members in Guernsey will be allowed to take part in an ballot over strike action.

It follows a year long dispute and failed discussions between the union and the States over pay.

We never wanted to come this far. We want to be very clear, our door is always open, and we will remain in talks with the Independent Disputes Officer and the States. We have a meeting next week which really will be crucial.

Nurses would have been far happier to have had meaningful negotiations with the employer but that has been too slow in happening.

We are reaching the end of the line and our indicative ballot in October showed us that 92% of respondents would be willing to undertake industrial action.

We were left with no other option other than to follow through our stringent industrial action code of conduct which is why we are where we are today.

– Regional Director, Lindsay Meeks
Nurses during demo in Guernsey. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The news comes after nurses had been protesting on the steps of the States building over their latest pay offer.

The last proposal had offered all workers a 5% pay rise, with another 5% increase to the majority of nurses the following year. However, the Royal College of Nursing said it was an insulting offer.

Following the failed pay offer, members of the Royal College of Nursing voted as to whether they should start proceedings that could lead to industrial action.

If action is to go ahead, it would be the first time in history that the Royal College of Nurses have been on strike.