Welsh nurses reject pay offer

Nurses in Wales have rejected the last NHS pay offer and voted to strike.

53.21 per cent rejected the offer and 46.79 per cent accepted the offer.

The RCN has called for the Welsh government to return to negotiations. Without a resolution, there will be strikes on 6 and 7 June and 12 and 13 July.

Helen Whyley, Director, RCN Wales, said: “Nursing staff took the momentous decision to strike for fair pay and safe staffing levels. We need a substantial offer from the Welsh government that reflects the magnitude of that decision.

“Today, we have heard our members loud and clear, and this latest decision only makes us more determined as a college to secure a meaningful and acceptable pay offer for the future of the profession. Nursing staff always act in interests of their patients, and they are the true ambassadors for our NHS. The government must act in their interest now, because protecting nursing protects the public.

“I have asked for pay talks to be opened immediately with the Minister, so that our members do not need to return to picket lines. Strike action is always a last resort, but we have been pushed here yet again. If talks aren’t forthcoming, we won’t hesitate to strike, with stronger strike action than we’ve seen before.”