Nine unions, including the RCN, have signed the letter. Read the text in full:
Joint Unions Pay claim 2021-22 (MPTC & analogous groups)
Further to our letter dated 9th November 2021.
Despite highlighting concerns about a lack of timely responses and any real meaningful dialogue with regards to our pay claim, we have not received any formal response to the above-mentioned letter.
The joint staffs side representatives have already stated that we are extremely concerned at the lack of any meaningful detail within your letter dated 1st November 2021, other than to confirm it is not in the gift of yourself to offer a pay award that meets our expectations at this time.
We have stated, and to be clear we state again, our members across the spectrum of Manx Care settings are completely disillusioned with the employer and the continual message that 'there is no money at this time’ and that there has been no progress made at all regarding pay.
Put simply, Manx Care has failed their employees and our members. There has been no improved offer and no further formal written communication received from you on behalf of Manx Care, the employer.
In our letter dated 9th November 2021 the joint unions specifically stated the following:
“The joint unions have submitted a claim and it should be of no surprise to you when we say a lack of any meaningful pay offer will, likely, result in our members moving a step closer to instructing their representatives to commence discussions which may lead to industrial action, something that has not been talked about or seen within our Health Service for decades”.
There has been no meaningful pay offer received, in fact there has been no formal correspondence received whatsoever since the 1st November 2021.
To reiterate the Joint Unions position and that of our members, the Joint Unions REJECT the offer made by the employer by letter dated 1st November 2021.
Given the above points and observations please take this letter as notification that we now intend to commence CONSULTATIVE BALLOTS in January 2022, of our membership to ascertain their views with regards acting in furtherance of securing an acceptable pay award.
For the avoidance of any doubt, please note that a ‘Consultative Ballot’ is not a ballot for industrial action, it is a consultative ballot only. However, given the lack of any meaningful pay offer and the feeling of the membership expressed verbally to us at this time, we must place on record our belief, that unless a substantial shift in position is indicated by the employer and a new offer made which is significantly improved, then the joint unions will move to formally ballot their members on taking industrial action.
We look forward to your response by return and no later than 5pm on Friday 10th December 2021.