RCN members have been attending the annual conferences of three Northern Ireland political parties over the last few weeks in order to influence politicians on a number of issues, including pay and safe staffing.
Members attended the annual conference of the Ulster Unionist Party in Armagh on 21 October, the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis (annual conference) in Dublin on 17 and 18 November, and the annual conference of the Democratic Unionist Party on 25 November.
The conferences provided an opportunity for members to highlight the need to implement the 2017-2018 pay award in Northern Ireland with immediate effect, as well as the importance of closing the gap between nurses’ pay in Northern Ireland compared with the rest of the UK. Members also highlighted a range of workforce and professional issues, particularly in relation to safe staffing and transformation of the Health and Social Care service in Northern Ireland.
The RCN attends the annual conferences of all the major Northern Ireland political parties in order to influence on behalf of nurses and nursing. Members will be attending the annual conferences of the SDLP and the Alliance Party early next year.