I would like to say a BIG THANKYOU to all our members, representatives and branch officials for the sterling work you are doing with the pay campaign to start a movement and get members voices heard. We still have some way to go, but I am absolutely certain you can rally support and nurses will stand shoulder to shoulder to tell Welsh Government that you mean business.
As you are aware, following the outstanding consultative ballot where a resounding 93.9% of those of you who voted told us that the 3% pay award was UNACCEPTABLE – your elected members decided to lodge a trade dispute with Welsh Government and initiate an indicative ballot.
The indicative ballot runs from the 4-30 November 2021. The indicative ballot is different from the consultative ballot as it will give us an idea of what action you would like to take – so it is really important that members vote again and have their say.
I am sure many of you have already seen the Civica email and have voted – if you have, that’s amazing!
If not, then the ballot will ask 3 questions
- Are you prepared to take action short of strike?
- Are you prepared to take strike action?
- If you are not prepared to take industrial action, will you support others in doing so?
Action short of strike is commonly known a working to rule or withdrawal of good will. This will include actions such as only working the hours you are paid for, taking your proper breaks, and not undertaking any duties that sit outside your contract. Strike action is a complete withdrawal of labour, meaning for part or all of a day you will not attend your shift. Further information can be found by reading the Wales Indicative Ballot FAQ's
When the indicative ballot closes, your elected members will consider the next steps and that could be moving towards a statutory ballot which is the legal process for industrial action.
As you are aware, moving to any form of industrial action is a last resort. If we were to enter a legal ballot on industrial action, by law, 50 % of RCN Members in Wales would need to vote and a simple majority, i.e. 51% of those who voted, need to vote in favour of action.
How can you get involved?
- Make sure your details are up to date on MyRCN - you should have received a number of emails – if not, please check your spam or junk folders, or ring RCNDirect on 0345 772 6100
- Have a look at the Fair Pay for Nursing website
- look out for your representatives in your organisations who will be distributing the pay campaign materials and keep the conversation about pay alive with colleagues, fellow members, family and friends,
MOST IMPORTANTLY - PLEASE VOTE AND HAVE YOUR SAY!
Your support and activity does make a difference so a big THANKYOU!
I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the recent ballots and our pay campaign. You can tweet me – @nichughes1 – or email CommunicationsWales@rcn.org.uk.
Take care and stay safe