Manx Care to Sit Down With Unions

After Royal College of Nurses staff rejected a 4% pay offer from Manx Care, the island’s health provider says it will seek fresh talks ‘imminently to try to progress this matter and consider next steps’.

RCN nurses overwhelmingly rejected the offer with 77% voting against it on a 71.5% turnout.

A spokesperson for Manx Care said it was ‘currently considering all of the options available to it’.

They added: ‘The offer of a 4% increase is considerably higher than the initial 1% that was budgeted for in the current financial year. The offer matches the overall offer agreed in Scotland and exceeds the 3% pay increase to NHS staff in England. To provide some additional context, salary scales in the Isle of Man are ahead of those in England given the need to attract healthcare staff to the island. If it had been accepted, the 4% offer would have given colleagues anywhere between a 14% and a 29% pay lead over comparable positions in England.

‘We believe that any pay offer should recognise the contribution that our staff make, and yet should be balanced against the need to continue to deliver public services in a very challenging and unprecedented economic environment. We would like to again take this opportunity to put on record our public thanks to the staff-side colleagues for their contribution to the pay negotiation talks over the last nine months.’