RCN members reject new pay and circumstances bundle deal at Marie Curie

Nurses working at end-of-life charity Marie Curie have rejected a bundle deal of pay and employment circumstances that will broadly switch them in line with NHS staff on Agenda for Change contracts.

A ballot undertaken by the Royal Faculty of Nursing observed 40% of eligible members from the charity take part, and 60% of those rejected the Marie Curie’s set of newest employment phrases, which includes the issue of pay.

“We wish to confirm any alternatives are trustworthy and fairly priced along with aggressive” Marie Curie spokesperson

Marie Curie is transferring to align all scientific staff with NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) for band 2 to 7. This comprises points similar to pay prices and unsocial hours, annual go away, extra time and maternity pay.

This means nurses on the charity have been given pay rises in line with that obtained by their NHS counterparts of their respective nations, for 2022-23.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the award was £1,400 for a lot of nurses, and in Scotland nurses obtained a wage rise of between £2,205 to £2,751.

Totally different new phrases and circumstances put forward by the charity embrace a paid interval of phased return to work following long-term sickness absence and a switch that will see associated Marie Curie or NHS scientific dimension of service be considered to search out out annual go away entitlement.

The changes will even see scientific staff given improved maternity pay, and other people working in London and fringe high-cost areas will acquire high-cost area dietary dietary supplements together with their base pay.

Nonetheless, the switch would not embrace changes to Marie Curie redundancy pay or sick pay to align it with NHS AfC for all staff.

In addition to, the changes do not embrace full alignment to AfC for members at band 8a and above.

These at band 8a and above have been in its place given a pay enhance of 5% for 2022-23, on prime of a 3.5% rise they obtained earlier in 2022.

“We’re going to conduct an additional ballot of members to offer the remaining say on any future present or subsequent steps” Leigh Murray

As per the outcomes of the ballot, which closed earlier this month, RCN members engaged on the charity have rejected the bundle deal of phrases and circumstances, which come beneath the charity’s Strategic Reward Evaluation.

The college said it’s going to share the outcomes with Marie Curie and that it’ll “search further negotiations” to attempt to “improve” the deal.

Leigh Murray, RCN nationwide officer, said: “Because of all people who voted throughout the newest consultative ballot.

“We’re going to proceed to exchange you on this course of, and we’ll conduct an additional ballot of members to offer the remaining say on any future present or subsequent steps.”

It is understood the charity carried out all if its new phrases and circumstances in full on 1 January 2023.

Previous to these plans, Marie Curie had three fully totally different pay scales for its staff.

A Marie Curie spokesperson said: “Our Strategic Reward Evaluation is a model new, trustworthy and clear technique to pay and reward for everyone all through Marie Curie.

“It represents the biggest dedication and funding in our people and future up to now.

“The Strategic Reward Evaluation bundle deal is separate to our annual pay consider, which for scientific and scientific assist colleagues is aligned to the NHS pay awards.”

They added: “We recognise that the worth of residing catastrophe is inflicting further pressures for our colleagues and as a primary end-of-life charity that is determined by fundraising income to fund and ship our core corporations, we might wish to confirm any alternatives are trustworthy and fairly priced along with aggressive.”

The state of affairs comes as nurses all through the NHS are embroiled in an ongoing dispute with the federal authorities over pay for 2022-23.

A whole lot of RCN members working for the NHS are on the brink of strike subsequent week, following an preliminary spherical of movement ultimate month.