Guernsey nurses confirm date for vote on industrial action

Members of the Royal College of Nursing in Guernsey and Alderney have confirmed the dates of an industrial action ballot.

It is just the second time in their 103-year history the RCN will have had such a vote.

The ballot will run from 10 February to 28 February and follows a year-long dispute between the union and states over pay.

Previous proposals 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 these were insulting offers.

Following the failed pay offers the RCN voted to take a ballot on industrial action. Now they have confirmed dates for that ballot.

The Policy and Resources Committee have responded to the announcement urging the RCN to not pursue strike action and criticising them for preventing nurses from getting a 10% pay increase.

They instead ask the union to engage with a resolution process already being led by an Industrial Disputes Officer.

The committee go on to say the RCN's actions do not suggest that their 'doors remain open for discussion' and that the ballot for industrial action will 'only serve to cause disruption for patients and colleagues'.