Find out what the imposed Department of Health pay award means for you and share your views with the RCN

 Fiona Devlin   27 Feb 2019

RCN accredited representatives, branch officials and staff are currently undertaking an extensive programme of engagement in HSC locations across Northern Ireland in order to explain to RCN members the implications of the imposed 2018-2019 pay award.

It is important to remember that this one year deal was not agreed by the RCN and falls short of the 3% minimum pay rise for all staff proposed by the RCN. We have published a new campaign leaflet setting out the pay increases for each point within Agenda for Change. This will enable you to see straight away what the pay award will mean for you. Please note that this information relates to your basic salary only and does not take into account unsocial hours payments.

The programme of engagement activities also provides an opportunity to gather information from members on the personal impact of the imposed pay award, including in relation to your pension contribution and its impact upon your net pay, as well as the widening pay inequality between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Please make sure that you share your views with the RCN. Meanwhile, we continue to prepare for a potential ballot of members working within the HSC on Agenda for Change contracts in relation to industrial action.

With your support and engagement, we will continue to fight for fair pay and to secure pay parity with our colleagues in the rest of the UK.

Fiona Devlin

RCN Northern Ireland, Board Chair

Page last updated - 27/02/2019