According the RCN, the government have offered a new deal regarding pay, and next week RCN members will vote on whether or not to accept the new deal.
The offer comes following discussions between the RCN, other health unions, and the government, which began in February, after several months of strike action. Further strikes had been planned for March, but were postponed in light of the talks taking place.
The offer includes:
– A 5% consolidated pay rise for 2023/24
– A one-off payment for between £1,655-£3,789
Additionally, the government has committed to improve pay and conditions over time, tackle issues faced by nursing staff and implement new policies regarding safe staffing. It is hoped these changes will be actioned within the 2024/25 financial year.
Further commitments include:
– Better support for newly qualified nurses
– Addressing violence and aggression towards nurses
– A permanent suspension of NHS pension abatement
RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen said: “After tough negotiations, there are a series of commitments here that our members can see will make a positive impact on the nursing profession, the NHS and the people who rely on it.”
The RCN is advising their members to accept the offer, which would officially bring a close to the dispute and any strike action.
Meanwhile, Health Secretary Steve Barclay has said: “I have made a formal offer to unions following constructive talks. It will give staff including nurses, paramedics and physios a fair pay rise while protecting our commitment to halve inflation. NHS workers do a brilliant job and I urge union members to accept this offer.”
Many nurses have taken to Twitter, expressing disappointment with the offer, with some pointing out that it is less than the 6.5% raise offered in Scotland.
A vote against the offer could result in further industrial action.