The RCN has been made aware that staff working for Leonard Cheshire Disability should have received details of proposed changes which will impact on their pay, terms and conditions at the charity. RCN members are encouraged to carefully consider the proposals and respond to the consultation which closes on 25 February. If any RCN members are concerned that these proposals may be of detriment to them then they are advised to contact the RCN for advice and support. Questions, concerns and responses to the proposed changes can be made through the Leonard Cheshire staff association before 25February.
Clare Jacobs, RCN Employment Relations Adviser, said “It is reported that Leonard Cheshire Disability are proposing to change pay, terms and conditions for their staff to ‘address a real sense of unfairness amongst staff ’ and ‘to introduce a competitive and attractive package, setting pay rates across all regions in the UK’”. RCN members are advised to consider them carefully and then respond to ensure Leonard Cheshire Disability take account of their views. We also advise our members to contact RCN Direct if they have any concerns over the impact of the proposals to them individually”.
The RCN is committed to improving pay, terms and conditions for members employed in all independent health and social care employers. In particular the RCN want the real Living Wage (currently £9.75 in London and £8.45 across the rest of the UK) to become the lowest acceptable rate of pay for staff working in health and social care. However, the RCN recognise that basic pay is not the only important factor in properly recognising and valuing the work of nursing and care staff who carry out a professional role in difficult circumstances at any time of day, on any day of the year.
Any RCN member employed by Leonard Cheshire Disability should ensure that their employer details on their ‘MyRCN’ information are up to date to ensure relevant communication from the RCN. For RCN support and advice contact RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100.