College leaders are recommending that members accept the proposals (NT News, 15 April, p8). RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘Given the challenging
economic climate and the government’s tough public sector pay policy, this deal is a fair and balanced one.
‘Not only does it offer nurses a degree of security over their household finances in the coming years, we have won a firm commitment from the government to re-open pay talks should inflation rise sharply or if there are significant changes in the labour market.’
Unison is due to ballot members on the offer in May, and Unite/Amicus’ health sector committee plans to meet this week to discuss the proposals.