Comment on: RCN to consult members on pensions offer
I went out on strike and am yet to see any 'real' change in what was proposed pre strike. What are the unions doing?? They are falling into the trap of 'divide and rule'. Thay really should be sticking together unite and in unison. If they accept this deal we may as well pull out of any union membership, i ask what is the point? This is the first step in a plan to erode terms and conditions nationally next on the board is agenda for change. Prentice, Carter all of you wakey, wakey!
Comment on: Nurses face paying hundreds more into pensions
The pensions were last looked at in 2008. It seems the banking crisis has moved the goalposts! When things inevitably improve will the nhs workers have to pay less or get more? I have never known the conditions where nhs workers have been given a fair shake: 'Inflation too high', 'inflation too low' 'the world is going to end'. Is there anyway i can have my money back? I feel as though ive been misold a product. I want my money back! I want my money back!I want my money back! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.......
Exactly Mike, the norm is though for additional hours for full time nurses to be paid "on the bank" (at a lower rate and taxed as a second job). My point is that if we stop filling these gaps for substandard renumeration, management MAY have to consider the appropriate overtime payments. Can anyone remember being paid overtime?????????????????? As long as nurses are willing to do 'bank shifts' in the way described they shaft themselves and their colleagues on the money front. I understand that with our salaries individuals often do bank shifts to make ends meet. However it strikes me that short term pain could well result in long term gain in the unlikely event that nurses actually stood together. YES anyone working over their fulltime hours bank or otherwise should get paid as overtime. But while we offer nursing on the cheap this WILL NOT happen.
What are we doing? Is a question ive asked for years now. In what other industry would this happen? Yes we need to work to rule. Importantly though we also need to stop the nonsense of doing these 'bank' shifts . Here nurses work additionally usually for less money and more tax as second job. Example of getting robbed twice. We need to stop this practice now! If we did they may have to actually pay you the time and a third agreed in agenda for change in order to fill the overtime. No bank resource may actually force your managers to offer you what you are worth. Bottom line: nurses need to start sticking together and collectively stop shafting each other.