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RCN Wales re-enters negotiations with Welsh government after Health Minister responds to RCN letter

3 Mar 2023

The Welsh government has agreed to further negotiations, after RCN members overwhelmingly rejected the latest NHS pay offer.

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This confirmation comes after RCN Wales called on the Minister for Health and Social Services to urgently resume talks this week. Once again, members have demonstrated their strength and brought the government back to the table. Both the Minister and RCN Wales are hopeful that our continued talks result in an agreeable deal for members.

Helen Whyley, Director RCN Wales said: “I am pleased to announce that following our members’ vote to reject a pay award on Tuesday this week, the Welsh government has reopened negotiations with RCN Wales regarding pay, terms and conditions for nursing staff this week. Detailed negotiations are set to commence next week.

“The Minister for Health and Social Services confirmed this course of action following our request for urgent re-commencement of negotiations this week. Once again, our members have sent a message that is loud, clear and strong enough to bring the government back to the table.

“The Minister acknowledges the RCN's rejection of the additional offer alongside the wider NHS Wales Trade Union Group narrow majority to accept.

“The Health Minister confirms that she is hopeful that negotiations commencing next week will arrive at a mutually agreed and fair resolution that would also resolve RCN Wales' dispute. I am clear that we will not stop until a deal that is good enough for our members is achieved.”

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