Members of the Royal College of Nurses in the island have definitively rejected a pay offer from Manx Care.
The RCN is the biggest nursing union on the island.
Nurses were balloted on a 4% offer for their 2021/22 pay award, with 77% out of the 71.5% turnout rejecting it.
Unions say they have been in negotiations since last May (2021) with Manx Care presenting the Unions with several offers ranging from the original 1%. The staff side proposal was a 15% consolidated pay increase plus a one-off payment.
Carmel O’Boyle, Chair of the RCN’s North West Regional Board, said: ‘The result of this ballot and the tremendous turnout just shows the feeling of the membership here on the Isle of Man. Our members want the recognition for their skill, expertise, and immense contribution they have made and continue to make to the local health population. They are not looking for a ’Covid reward’.
‘The Isle of Man has huge potential to make itself attractive for nursing and other healthcare staff to go a to work, however the pay and conditions are a huge barrier to this. Those staff who have stayed and stuck it out are overworked and underpaid. It’s time these staff had their voices heard and our fight for fair pay will continue.’
Negotiations for the 2022/23 Manx Care pay award have already commenced.
Gef has contacted Manx Care for a response to the RCN members’ rejection of the pay offer.