RCN Wales members have rejected the Welsh government’s additional pay offer for 2022/23.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales voted overwhelmingly to reject the 3% additional pay boost meaning further strike action could be possible.
RCN Wales Director, Helen Whyley said: ‘Our eligible members were balloted on the Welsh government’s additional pay offer. They understand best the direct impact it would have, and they have spoken with strength to overwhelmingly reject it. We therefore remain in dispute.’
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Ms Whyley has written to the Minister for Health and Social Services to urgently recommence negotiations with the RCN.
‘If this does not happen within the five working days I set out in my letter, I will have no other option but to announce further dates for strike action.’
The union have said that strike action is always the last resort however nursing staff have felt they have been left with no alternative.
This announcement comes as RCN members in Scotland are currently voting on the Scottish government’s new NHS pay offer.
Which includes a one-off lump sum payment equivalent to three calendar months’ value of the difference between the 2022/23 and the 2023/24 pay rates. It will be calculated on an employee’s basic rate of pay and paid on a pro rata basis.
The RCN in England are also currently negotiating with Steve Barclay to try to come to an agreement on pay after months of strike action.