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Enough is enough – Use the RCN Ballot to tell the Welsh Government 3% is unacceptable

Jackie Davies 6 Sep 2021

The ballot gives us the chance to use our voice. If we don't, it will indicate that we are happy with what the Welsh Government is doing, that nurses and carers will not fight for fair pay in future.

If you're reading this, you probably know that RCN Wales is currently balloting members about the Welsh Government pay award of 3%. 

Members are being asked to say if they think the award is acceptable or unacceptable. 

We are strongly promoting this message through social media channels as we need all our members to respond. Please look out for the ballot email in your inbox. 

More than this, speak about it with colleagues who may not be as engaged, people who may miss the email, or who may easily dismiss it. Old fashioned word-of-mouth is always powerful, and everyone should know about this issue. It concerns all our livelihoods.

Our membership originally wanted an award, or rise, of 12%. I was involved in discussions about this request and about the fair pay campaign, meeting with NHS staff. 

We engaged with RCN members to generate discussions and passed on recommendations to the council.
 
There are a number of options open to us if there is no improvement on the 3% offer. One extreme would be to take industrial action. Another would be to work strictly within the limits of your job, meaning no overtime or extra hours.

The last year has been one of the most challenging periods in most of our careers. We were struggling with capacity before the pandemic, and I don't know how long it will take to get the waiting lists down.

The ballot gives us the chance to use our voice. If we don't, it will indicate that we are happy with what the Welsh Government is doing, that nurses and carers will not fight for fair pay in future. 

We need a mandate from our members. Without it, we have no voice to argue for a better pay deal. 

So please speak to your colleagues. Ask them to check their emails and vote. Voting online only takes a few seconds. If you can go the extra mile and share posts on social media or stand with a placard, that would be amazing.
 
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Jackie Davies

Welsh Member on the Trade Union Committee and RCN Wales Board Member

As a registered nurse, Jackie has a clinical professional background in mental health nursing and forensic psychiatry. An experienced Trade Unionist.

Page last updated - 06/02/2022