NHS Wales: Nurses pause strike as talks resume

Aberystwyth's Bronglais Hospital

The Royal College of Nursing has announced that the planned strike by nurses in Wales has been put on hold after the Welsh government agreed to further negotiations.

In a continuing dispute over pay and working conditions, RCN members were scheduled to strike on July 12 and 13.

RCN Wales demanded that the Welsh government make a commitment to enhancing the working conditions for the nursing workforce.

A statement from the Welsh government has been requested.

It happens at the same time that the nurses' strike in England has come to an end following the failure of the Royal College of Nursing to secure a mandate from its members there.

While the majority of other health unions approved a pay agreement for Welsh NHS employees in May, RCN members rejected the most recent pay offer and went on strike earlier this month.   .

The RCN claimed that because the agreement was "forced" upon its members, it was still within its rights to engage in industrial action.

The agreement includes a pay raise of 5% and a one-time payment for 2022–2023 worth between £900 and £1,190.

Unions contend that additional measures, such as a shorter workweek or greater workplace flexibility, could be taken. These measures could give nurses a raise in pay.

According to Helen Whyley, director of RCN Wales, "we are hopeful that the discussions with the Welsh government will result in significant positive outcomes for NHS nursing staff in Wales that will improve their terms and conditions of employment in addition to the pay award that has been implemented."

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