Members in Guernsey will be aware that the RCN is campaigning hard for a meaningful payrise for all AfC members.
We have an RCN manifesto - our asks which are:
- Leadership. An immediate commitment to recruit and appoint a Chief Nurse, as recommended by the NMC (2014) extraordinary review, as a matter of urgency.
- Careers. The promotion of nursing as an attractive career option through a commitment to adequate funding for nurse education and continuing professional development.
PAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Terms & Conditions review. To review nursing pay terms & conditions using the States commissioned Royles Review (2018) as the basis for discussions in partnership with Trade Unions.
- Pay Parity. Eliminate the current inequity in pay experienced by nurses in comparison to other public sector workers, within a three-year period during the first States’ term of office.
HEALTH AND CARE PROVISION
- Futureproofing. Provision to be made at strategic and operational levels to accommodate the increasing needs for mental health, learning disability, community & elderly care services.
- Healthcare regulation. To ensure high quality safe health and care provision in Guernsey, continue development and implementation of an appropriate regulatory framework as approved by the States in 2019.
Your can download this manifesto
The candidates that have committed to become nursing champions as of 5 October 2020 are as follows, those in bold were elected to be deputies.Sue Aldwell
Ross le Brun
Andrea Dudley Owen
Simon de la Mare
Ian Le Page
Lindsay des Saumarez
The RCN is committed to ensuring a Chief Nurse is in post without delay. We remain disappointed at the lack of a firm timetable to address the issue.
Industrial action ballot:
The results of the ballot on Guernsey as given by the independent scrutineer Civica Election Services. The ballot was held between 10 February and 28 February.
Members were asked two questions:
Question 1: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike? (which for this purpose may include but is not necessarily limited to working to your contract of employment by adhering to your contractual start and finish times, taking your authorised breaks, refusing to work unpaid excess hours and non-participation in bank or agency work on designated days of action.)
Question 2: Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action.
Number of individuals who were entitled to vote: 645
Number of votes cast: 396
Votes cast in the ballot as a % of individuals who were entitled to vote: 61.4%
Result of voting question 1:
Yes – 364 (94.5%)
No – 21 (5.5%)
Spoilt or invalid papers – 11
Result of voting question 2:
Yes – 337 (85.8%)
No – 56 (14.2%)
Spoilt or invalid papers – 3
The ballot was not enacted due to Coronavirus. The ballot has now lapsed and will need to be re-run if members feel that Industrial Action is their only option to secure a fair pay deal.
- We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding industrial action
- Job comparison chart. This compares jobs on Guernsey to nursing jobs highlighting the skill sets required and pay for each.
- Pay chart. This looks at how the pay uplift would affect each band alongside each Civil Service (PIP) band.
- RCN picketing guidance for members. In depth guidance on roles and responsibilities
Your working group:
There is a team of members on Guernsey who are working closely with the regional team and will be able to help with any queries that you may have.
The team comprises: Steve Mundy, Mandy Davies, Mark Byrne, Kenny Lloyd, Mary Avery John Eaton, Gary Whitwam, Claire Rigler, Caroline Yorke, Carol Pearson, Alison Place, Helena Avery and Tammy Bourgaize.
What can you do?
Make sure you are ballot ready. It is vital that your details are up to date. You can do this online or via phone: 0345 772 6100.
- Postal address (an industrial action ballot will be sent through the post not email)
- Email address (so we can keep you updated)
- Workplace (this is where you work day to day)
- Employer (this is usually the States of Guernsey or a private employer if applicable)
- Join the closed Guernsey Branch Facebook page
- Follow us on Twitter: @GuernseyRCN @SouthEastRCN
- Print and share our posters: Get ballot ready and Update your details
Press releases we have sent to local media can be found here:
Nurses in despair as States shun pay progress
The Royal College Of Nursing has expressed anger that the pay negotiations on Wednesday broke down following a positive start at the end of February.
The RCN on Guernsey has sought to reassure members and the public that no industrial action will be held whilst the Covid-19/coronavirus outbreak is present.
2 March 2020
Nursing strike on hold whilst talks continue
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have voted to go on strike, although will not yet set a date whilst talks remain positive.
14 Feb 2020
Industrial action ballot opens in Guernsey
RCN members vote on what action to take next in their dispute over pay as new talks offer fresh hope of a resolution.
24 Jan 2020
Industrial action ballot for Guernsey members opens next month
Nursing staff will vote on whether to take industrial action as part of their campaign for pay equality with other public sector workers.
20 Dec 2019
Agency bill rises as Guernsey nurses reject ballot
The RCN is warning that the bill for overtime and agency in Guernsey will hit an all time high by the end of the year
4 Dec 2019
Guernsey: We won't back down and here's why
A letter from the South East Board Chair, Guernsey Branch Chair and Council Member supporting members in Guernsey.
3 Dec 2019
Guernsey pay: "enough is enough"
The RCN in Guernsey has called time on nursing pay talks and will reluctantly ballot members on the States’ updated offer before Christmas.
27 Nov 2019
Guernsey industrial action ballot given the green light
Royal College of Nursing members on Guernsey will be allowed to take part in an industrial action ballot following the unanimous agreement of RCN Council.
22 Nov 2019
RCN figures show extent of Guernsey pay problem
Figures from the Royal College Of Nursing show the shocking disparity between nurses and other civil servants on Guernsey.
6 Nov 2019
Nurses kick start Industrial Action process
RCN members on Guernsey have voted to kick start a request for a formal Industrial Action ballot.
28 Oct 2019
RCN Guernsey members reject pay offer
Members of the Royal College of Nursing in Guernsey have overwhelmingly voted to reject the States' formal pay offer.
1 Oct 2019
Guernsey pay offer is a divisive insult
The Royal College of Nursing have reacted to the latest pay offer from the States by calling it “an insult.”
15 Jul 2019
Guernsey nurses dismayed as deadline passes
Royal College of Nursing members have expressed their frustration as another deadline to sort their pay situation has been and gone.
3 Jun 2019
Open letter to the editor - Guernsey
We wrote an open "letter to the editor" to explain the nursing situation in Guernsey.
We have requested 10% from 1 January 2019 with a firm commitment to modernise and close the gap further through 2020.
During October we balloted members on the pay offer from the States. The result was a clear rejection of the offer. With this offer, the RCN Branch started the formal RCN Industrial Action Code of Conduct process. This resulted in RCN Council agreeing that an industrial action ballot could be run on Guernsey.
At the same time we moved into a formal process with the Independent Disputes Officer (IDO) on Guernsey. These talks didn’t come to anything with a marginally refined offer being made.
A final ballot on this offer ended on 17 December, with these results: on a turnout of 51%, 89% voted to reject the deal. The RCN has informed the States of Guernsey of this decision and is proceeding with our plans for an industrial action ballot.