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The RCN has announced the suspension of strike action in Northern Ireland. This follows a proposed framework agreement on pay parity and safe staffing that has been endorsed by Health Minister, Robin Swann MLA. The RCN will be consulting members employed in Health and Social Care services on these proposals over the coming weeks.

We are aware that RCN members are anxious to receive information on the content and detail in the proposed framework agreement.  However, RCN members should also be aware that there is information circulating that is incorrect, unhelpful and misleading. 

It was agreed by the negotiating team, made up of the RCN, UNISON, RCM, UNITE, CSP, and SOR, that the figures and documentation associated with the pay offer should go through a technical verification process. This is to ensure that the correct information can be presented to members in an agreed consultation document which will provide detail for consideration when you receive your ballot.

It has come to the attention of the Trade Unions that there is documentation being shared in the service. These are not official consultation documents and have not come from the collective negotiating team.

It is hoped that the verification of the documents will be completed and available by next week. Individual unions will then be consulting with members regarding the offer. The RCN will be holding a series of workplace consultation events and RCN reps will also be available to answer questions. 

The Trade Unions are also working with Department of Health officials who will be providing a webpage where members will be able to check their own individual pay journey on the Agenda for Change refresh deal. 

We appreciate the patience of RCN members during this time. It is imperative that the information shared by the Trade Unions is factually correct

For those unions that balloted on safe staffing, the proposed framework will be a starting point and will look at the safe staffing requirements for staff of all grades working in Health and Social Care services.



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  • 028 90 384 600 or 0345 772 6100
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