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.
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.
16 OCT: Letter expressing frustration sent to Jersey Evening Post, signed jointly by 144 members.A public facing leaflet is being drafted to bust some of the myths. A group of members are looking at shaping a rally/march to be held before Christmas. The RCN is continuing to follow the Dispute process with the Employer.
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.