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RCN Wales members vote to accept pay deal

Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Wales have voted to accept the pay deal offer put to them in July.

The RCN announced that two thirds of voting members accepted the terms from the Welsh Government, along with ‘unanimous’ acceptance from other health unions in Wales.

Nurses in Wales will now receive their pay rise in October, with backdated pay to follow shortly after.

Back in July, the Welsh Government and unions agreed a deal that would see a 6.5% pay rise, spread over three years, similar to the deal agreed with their counterparts in England.

But the Welsh Government claimed it would feature ‘better payments during sickness absence’.

Under the terms, band 5 nurses are set to receive some of the lowest pay rises – a total rise of around 12% over the three years, compared to 18% for band 6 and 22% for band 7 nurses.

RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly said: ‘The deal doesn’t mean the fight for fair pay is over and we will need the continued support of members to make sure all members receive the pay rise they deserve in the future, wherever they are in the UK.’