RCN suspends industrial action due to Coronavirus

No industrial action will be held whilst the Coronavirus outbreak is present.

Ian Snug
13 March 2020
RCN Voice of Nursing

Talks will continue but industrial action has been placed on hold.

The Royal College of Nursing on Guernsey has sought to reassure members and the public that no industrial action will be held whilst the Coronavirus outbreak is present.

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The current situation is that although a ballot has authorised members to undertake industrial action, this action is on hold pending the outcome of talks with the Policy and Resources Committee next Wednesday (18 March).

The ongoing COVID-19 situation has led the College to confirm that any industrial action will not be held whilst the outbreak is being managed on Guernsey.

Patricia Marquis, Regional Director says: “Coronavirus presents us with a public health event on a scale that we have not experienced in recent times.

“We recognise that it would not be helpful if we were to schedule a series of strike days when nurses are so desperately needed to look after ill patients.

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“We want to reassure the public that nurses are committed to the care of the people of Guernsey and will remain in their frontline positions whilst the outbreak is managed.

“We call on the Policy and Resources Committee to bring a swift end to this dispute to improve the morale of nursing staff facing an unprecedented challenge and enable them to focus on the health of the island.”

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