Nursing staff in Guernsey lack “pay parity” with their public sector colleagues.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said it is surprised by nursing staff being handed a 5% pay rise.
The “out of the blue” pay deal will see nursing and other healthcare workers under Agenda for Change terms and conditions see a rise of 10% in just two years.
Earlier this year nurses in Guernsey were preparing to take industrial action over a lack of “pay parity” with their public sector colleagues. However, this action was shelved due to COVID-19 and a Government to thrash out details on achieving pay parity.
The College has said that while the pay offer is welcomed “the devil is in the detail” and the proposals will have to be put to members.
A realistic offer.
Announcing the deal, Deputy David Mahoney, who leads on the States’ role as employer for the Policy & Resources Committee, said: “We are in a period that is already having a serious impact on public finances, and there is more uncertainty ahead as we cannot know for sure how long we will be dealing with the pandemic and its long-term repercussions on our economy and the global economy.
“We need to recognise that as things stand currently, we are spending more than we can afford, and we cannot allow those costs to continue to rise.
“The decisions made by the Committee reflect the real-world situation where cost control is more vital than ever.
“We believe we are being firm but realistic in what we’ve agreed in terms of pay. While some may be disappointed, I would hope most would understand the position in which we find ourselves, and I hope none of our public sector staff consider for one moment that we are not incredibly grateful for what they have achieved this year. ”
A solid future for nurses.
Patricia Marquis, RCN South East Director responded to the announcement; “It’s disappointing to see this announcement made at the end of the year without due consideration to talking to us or the other pay groups it affects.
“However, this announcement does not appear to have been made in the spirit of the open and transparent negotiations we thought we were part of.
“We are seeking clarity around a few details and a commitment to ongoing talks, before we go back to our members for their final view. Regardless of this, it is imperative that a positive and constructive dialogue continues and that nursing pay remains high on the political agenda.
“Whether accepted or not, this award is a small step toward the parity nurses seek and our attention must turn to the pay framework and long term parity in order to secure a solid future for nurses in Guernsey.”