RCN Northern Ireland Board members received the Electoral Reform Society’s Phase 1 report of the Independent Review, which was commissioned by RCN Council, on 7 September 2018, at the same time as it was made available to members via the RCN website.
An extraordinary meeting of the Board was convened on Monday 10 September 2018 to discuss the content of the report. 12 of the 15 Board members were in attendance – 8 in the room and 4 by teleconference.
It was recognised that Phase 2 of the report was to follow. This will develop and investigate further areas identified in the Phase 1 Report, and will include recommendations.
The Board discussed the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting which will take place on 28 September 2018. It was acknowledged that the resolution - “We have no confidence in the current leadership of the Royal College of Nursing and call on Council to stand down”- would have implications across the four countries of the UK.
Following due consideration, members of the Board expressed concern that an ‘agreed’ vote could result in:
• Absence of RCN Council, whose role is to oversee the strategic direction and response to the Phase 2 report
• De-stabilisation for those in governing roles, when the Phase 1 report recognised the impact of a newly-formed Trade Union Committee.
The RCN Northern Ireland Board encourages all members of the RCN to consider, carefully, the information on the RCN website in relation to the EGM and the voting process. We would ask that after studying this information you please exercise your right to vote on this important issue. Further information can be found at Extraordinary General Meeting.
As any further information becomes available to the RCN Northern Ireland Board, this will be made available to our members.
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