If you work in Jersey, this is your branch. The branch also has a Facebook page which you are invited to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RCNJersey/
As well as the committee, the branch also has a Vice Chair - Maureen Degruchy (Mo).
Members of this branch will be aware of the ongoing discussions around pay. We have several documents and background material if you wish to read it.
Save the date for the next Branch Meeting which will take place on Thursday 28 February, 6pm-7pm, Rooms 1&2 Education Centre, Jersey General Hospital.
We will be discussing the outcome of the mediation. This will either be a conversation around a revised offer or an industrial action ballot. Either way, it's important we know what members want to do, so if you can be there, please come!
Public sector march/rally in Howard Davies Park. RCN meet at 9.30am by the large RCN sail banners. A limited number of RCN Tabards are available to wear. Please bring friends, family and children. Join us for some/all of the march, we will be finished by 12 noon. A large number of members will send a really strong message to the States!
RCN Council met today and they unanimously approved the Jersey Branch application to hold an industrial action ballot on your SEB/HSCD pay offer.
This is an historic moment and is the first time Council have agreed to a strike ballot. Council were vociferous in their support for you and discussed how they could support those of you involved in this dispute.
A ballot may take place in the coming weeks, according to the results of the ongoing mediation, so it is vital you all start preparing. Tell your colleagues and other members.
We will keep you informed on next steps but in the meantime please make sure you are ballot ready. Check your check your details online at My RCN - a valid postal address and correct employer are essential.
You can also download this poster to print off and put up around your workplace and share with your colleagues: Jersey-update-your-details-poster
The RCN South East Board met today. They agreed to approach RCN Council for permission to carrying out an Industrial Action ballot. Council are meeting on 24 Jan to consider this.
We had a useful meeting with the employer on Thursday last week and are meeting them again on Wednesday. After this meeting the process with JACS should start.
Our new Regional Director, Lindsay Meeks is keen to convene a group of 5-6 members to join us in a couple of face to face meetings to inform our work on pay parity and shape our work moving forward. If you'd like more information on this or be part of the group, please email: email@example.com with your details.
In a ballot that closed last night, members of the Royal College of Nursing on Jersey have rejected the “final” pay offer from the States.
Members were asked to accept or reject a 3.1% pay rise for 2018 and 3% pay rise for 2019.
On a turnout of 63%; 62% of members voted to reject the offer with 38% accepting.
Nurses have been angered as the below inflation offer failed to address any of the concerns raised by the College going back to 2012 when the promise of pay parity and workforce modernisation was agreed as a condition of the 2012/13/14 pay offer.
Lindsay Meeks, RCN South East Regional Director says: “The fact that so many of our members turned out to have their say speaks volumes. For too long nursing pay has lagged behind their allied health professional colleagues and our members have said enough is enough. Nurses aren’t asking for the world, they are asking that their world is made comfortable to live in with a salary that befits the work and responsibility that they have.
“Inevitably members will want to know what happens next – the answer is that we will be contacting the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service to mediate a conversation between ourselves and the States. We are also meeting with members tomorrow [Wednesday] to discuss next steps including asking them if they wish to make a request to RCN Council for industrial action to be pursued. Industrial action is an absolute last resort and we need to be sure that we have exhausted all possible avenues before taking this route.”
19 DEC: We have produced some pay scale comparisons which may be helpful for you to review.
19 DEC: We have been given the OK to publish the full offer letter which you can now read.
The vote on the final pay offer is open and will remain open until 11pm 7 January 2019. Please use your vote to have your say.
If you are undecided about the offer we have a number of meetings arranged for you to find out more:
- 12 December - Education Centre Room 7, 2pm to 6pm
- 14 December - St Saviour's, 12.45pm to 1.30pm
- 14 December - Education Centre Room 5, 2pm to 5pm
- 14 December - Education Centre Room 5, 5pm to 6pm ** open branch meeting **
- 18 December - Education Centre Room 4, 2pm to 6pm
If you have not received the email with the voting link, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have seen an interview with Constable Buchanan on ITV news where he stated that he believed that discussions with unions were positive and he was expecting a good outcome. We have written to him to explain exactly what our position is. You can read the letter here.
The final pay offer to Nurses and Midwives is:
3.1% from 1 Jan 2018
3% from 1 Jan 2019
Alongside this, there has been a promise to review roles within Health and Community Services using the Agenda for Change evaluation tool.
We still don’t have the full detail for this review (this has been the sticking point over recent days) but we feel we have enough to move forwards and share this information with you.
If you accept the offer, it will be paid in your February 2019 pay.
***ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS/RCA:***
We have received a letter (today) stating: “…a redacted version of the Root Cause Analysis Report will be published on MyStates together with a summary of findings. The date of publication will be in week commencing 10 December.”
If this doesn’t happen as promised, we will issue an FOI for the information and share what little information we have – why aren’t we sharing this now? Because the full report will be more useful and we don’t want to be the reason why it is delayed any longer.
Should any other group receive an improved offer by negotiation then the RCN will be invited to discuss the matter directly with the SEB.
*Please print this poster to promote the drop in sessions in your workplace and share with your colleagues.*
RCN meeting to discuss results will be on 9th January 2019, room 1&2 Education centre 6pm to 7pm – at this meeting we will know the results of the ballot. If the ballot results indicate a rejection of the offer this will be a critical meeting. In order to move to the next stage with RCN Council we will need a large number of members in the room in order to get a strong enough mandate to move to request an Industrial Action ballot.
7 NOV: Good news (maybe). Following the SEBs meeting we have had the offer of an offer. The negotiator has contacted us to arrange a meeting to discuss what the offer is. We are demanding the meeting is arranged urgently and we will update you as soon as we have details. Late today we had a useful meeting with colleagues from the JNA and RCM. The JNA have joined the Bank/OT campaign and the RCM are likely to next week after their board meets.
1 NOV: Following requests from members, we have drafted a poster to help promote/explain the 'withdraw goodwill' phase of the campaign: Jersey-Claim-Poster
Please print this off and put it up in your ward/staff room or hand to colleagues - whatever you think will work.
We understand that this is a big ask and will involve some potentially hard conversations with managers so if members are feeling concerned either explain yourself what/why we are asking for this to be done or signpost them to RCNDirect 0345 772 6100. Thank you all for your help with this, we look forward to seeing your evidence of what you are claiming!
23 OCT: The States have told us that they there will be no further money for nursing and midwifery staff. The RCN has now escalated the dispute to stage four, which is requesting conciliation with Jersey Advisory & Conciliation Service. We will update you on this as soon as we have further information.
*NEXT STAGE – time to withdraw your goodwill!*
As per the email sent to members on 23 October, it’s time to take two types of action:
- If you work full time and are asked to do a bank shift, please say no to working on the bank but instead agree to do the work as overtime in your substantive role if you are able to.
- For all staff, where you miss breaks, start early or stay late for 15 minutes or more, then please record and request that time as TOIL in the usual way and if you are not given that time off in lieu by the end of the month, please submit an overtime claim to ensure you are paid properly for the extra time worked.
Use the relevant HSCD form to make your claim but it’s important for the campaign we know how much extra is being worked and claimed so here is a form for recording this for us - Jersey-excess-hours-recording-sheet Please email this completed form (or a photo of it) to us at email@example.com at the end of each month to make us aware of your claims. Individual forms will of course be confidential and the region will add all claims together.
If you have any queries about either of these steps please email firstname.lastname@example.org
15 OCT: Meeting with Charlie Parker and members at the Opera House - many thanks to all those who were able to attend at such short notice.
9 OCT: Thank you to everyone that joined us at our branch meeting. Below is a template letter for you to use when writing to your Deputy please download and send today! (Let us know if you get a reply)
5 Oct: Join us at the next branch meeting to discuss the next steps: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/rcn-jersey-branch-agm-oct-18
2 Oct: Here is a copy of the dispute that was sent to HSSD.
24 Sept: Members have rejected the latest pay offer. Thank you to everyone who voted. More information about this and what happens next can be read here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/jersey-pay-offer-rejected
3 Sept: As you will know, the States of Jersey have now confirmed that they will not offer any additional money for 2018-2019 and that this is the full and final offer to nurses.
The current pay offer is the same as the Workforce Modernisation (WFM) pay offer with two exceptions – an increase in Special Duty Payments, though they remain less than the current payments and a removal of the cap of Special Duty Payments at Band F. Despite these small improvements the package will have a detrimental impact on pay, especially for those working numerous nights.
We at the RCN have serious concerns about this offer which were echoed by members who attended the branch meeting on 15 August and are shared by both the JNA and RCM. We are recommending that you reject this offer.
Despite many attempts by the RCN to re-open negotiations in an attempt to improve the offer, the States have not been forthcoming and we hope you will be ready to get active to 'encourage them'!
The reasons we are suggesting that you reject this offer are:
• The offer still does not get nurses to pay parity with AHPs, and of more concern there is no process outlined to achieve this.
• There is still no agreement on the job matching process. For some staff it is difficult to see how they would slot into the new pay scale, and without a process any re-banding cannot happen.
• A new starter in 2019 will be getting less under WFM than they would have under the current system.
• Only a small amount of staff will really see the benefit, and these are largely those with shorter service, falling to recognise and appropriately reward the majority of staff who have longer service and loyalty and who may actually see a reduction in earnings.
It is important to note that all current staff would move across to the target rate – top of band – irrespective of length of service, except newly qualified nurses and midwives who in their first year will move to point 2, while those in their second year who will move to point 3 of the respective band.
24 Aug: This is the response we received from the States on 17 August, in reply to the letter sent to Mark Littler on 7 August (please see letter below):
23 Aug: At the Jersey Branch meeting on 15 August members present decided that it is now appropriate to ballot all members on the current pay offer from the States, and we will be sending out an electronic ballot shortly.
*Please make sure your details are up to date, including your email address through MyRCN.*
You may be interested to read some initial pay comparisons drafted by the RCN team, but please note these are not yet verified by an accountant so may be subject to change: Jersey pay comparison current 2017 and WFM 2018 pay scales – demonstrating new pay scales
7 Aug: We have written to Mark Littler after he failed to reply to our previous correspondence.
We have written to the "new" States Employment Board as we felt it was important they fully understood our concerns. You can read the letter here.
Workforce Modernisation (WFM)
The 2017 pay offer has been accepted by RCN members and will be put into action in your June 2018 pay packet. This will include any back pay.
A presentation was given at the Branch Meeting on 29 May. The presentation that was delivered can be read here.
If you have any queries you should contact Kenny McNeil, Chairman Royal College Of Nursing, Jersey Branch, by calling 01534 444544 or 07797 892112