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RCN launches consultation on Welsh pay day as English EGM looms

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
The Royal College of Nursing is consulting its Welsh members on their proposed new pay deal, while their English colleagues prepare for an EGM on the matter.
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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a consultation on the pay offer to nurses working for the NHS in Wales, while an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) has been called to debate the contentious issues surrounding the pay offer in England. 

In the Welsh case, the pay rise concerns staff on Agenda for Change contracts, with the RCN set to hold a series of events across Wales to provide information to members about what is proposed.

The RCN director for Wales Rina Donnelly explained: "The deal agreed by the Treasury for the English NHS forms the basis for the Welsh offer, but the situation is different here, with health a devolved function of the Welsh government."

Although the 'framework' of the deal offered by the government at Westminster applies to Wales, the terms of it are different in "some respects" in Wales, she added. 

The RCN has made a Wales pay calculator available to staff so they can see how the changes will affect them. The consultation closes on September 14th.

While the RCN's consideration of the Welsh pay offer is a fairly standard process, the situation in England has been more fraught, with confusion over what it involves. 

RCN chief executive Janet Davies issued an apology for the misinformation and due to this and requests from members, the EGM has now been called for next month. It will take place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday September 28th. 

The confusion centred on the backdating of pay for staff on increments, with the RCN erroneously telling members the three per cent pay award would be fully backdated to April. In fact, for those on increments the backdated amounts would only be paid at a 1.5 per cent rate.

As well as apologising for the error in interpreting the "incredibly complex" pay restructuring deal, Ms Davies has confirmed that she will be stepping down from her post at the end of this month.

Written by James Puckle

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