‘Militant’ nursing union tells Government it has FIVE DAYS to start ‘formal pay negotiations’ if it needs to keep away from devastating NHS strikes going forward subsequent month
Ministers have been immediately informed devastating NHS strikes will start this winter until they enter ‘formal pay negotiations’ with nurses within the subsequent 5 days.
The Royal Faculty of Nursing is demanding an inflation-busting rise for its 300,000 members.
It needs a hike of round 19.2 per cent, the equal of roughly an additional £6,835 for the typical nurse on £35,600.
Steve Barclay has already held disaster talks with the RCN twice because it introduced it could launch a ‘historic’ waves of strikes which are set to start earlier than Christmas and rumble on till Could. Different medical unions are planning to co-ordinate walk-outs to trigger as a lot chaos as attainable.
The Well being Secretary has, nevertheless, but to agree a deal to avert piling additional distress on sufferers this winter. He has stated he is not going to budge on pay calls for.
Pat Cullen, RCN’s normal secretary and chief government, stated: ‘It’s with remorse that I write to say until our subsequent assembly is formal pay negotiations, starting throughout the subsequent 5 days, we might be saying the dates and areas of our December strike motion.’
This graph reveals the Royal Faculty of Nursing’s calls for for a 5 per cent above inflation pay rise for the bands lined by its membership which incorporates healthcare assistants and nurses. Estimates based mostly on NHS Employers knowledge
The RCN is only one NHS union which has or is balloting its members over pay
In her letter, Ms Cullen stated her latest conferences with Mr Barclay have been welcome, however added that ‘I have to not let my members nor the general public confuse these conferences for severe discussions on the problems of NHS pay and affected person security’.
She stated: ‘You’ve once more requested to satisfy within the coming days and for this third event I should be clearer in my expectation.
‘There may be solely worth in assembly in the event you want to focus on – in formal, detailed negotiations – the problems which have triggered our members to vote for strike motion.
‘It’s now greater than per week since we introduced our poll end result and your division has devoted extra time to publicly criticising our members’ expectations than discovering frequent floor and a passable conclusion.
‘I additionally level out that this stands in distinction to the method taken by governments and executives in different components of the UK.’
Critics of the strike have described the RCN as being ‘militant’.