If you work in Jersey, this is your branch.
If you have any queries you should contact Kenny McNeil, Chairman Royal College Of Nursing, Jersey Branch, by calling 01534 444544 or 07797 774724.
You may have heard in the press and a message from the States of Jersey that the joint unions have withdrawn from further engagement in modernisation until there are meaningful talks to close down the 2015/16 pay offer. The RCN did not agree this was the right course of action at this time and we remain committed to keeping the talks alive.
In October last year, talks on the States Modernisation programme were suspended to review a way forward. In reality there were insufficient funds in the pot of money allocated. The RCN along with the joint unions met with the State’s Employment Board (SEB) to advise them of the situation.
On 20 January the SEB advised us they had acknowledged the issues and were committing more money to the project. On the 31 Jan at a Joint Council meeting of employer and trade unions the majority of trade unions decided they would not engage in any talks on modernisation until there are meaningful talks on bringing the pay claim for 2015/16 to a close. The RCN are equally frustrated at the States’ failure to close down pay talks for 2015/16 but we did not feel it was right in the interest of Nurses and Midwives to pull out of talks on modernisation as we believe this is the only way to ever get pay equality.
This process started with the 2012/13/14 agreement and we feel there have been too many delays in getting to a point that we can consult with you. Pulling out of talks now will only stall things further which we do not feel is right for you.
We asked you about the offer on the table from the employer last year which was 0.4% in 2015 and 1% in 2016 consolidated. The survey we sent you showed no mandate to progress with any further action and we wrote to the employer to advise them. I therefore share your frustration that this 1.4% has not yet been paid to you.
At this time we are continuing to engage with all other unions in finding a way forward where we can resume real and meaningful negotiations in getting a package we can share with you. This is the key goal for us as it your opinion that matters. This is about equal pay for work of equal value, and it is your pay and your say we want to be focussing on.
I hope this explains our position. Please contact me directly with any specific issues or questions you may have.
Kenny McNeil Chairman RCN (Jersey Branch) Chairman