The Royal College of Nursing is to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in September to discuss the recent confusion and anger over the delivery of the pay deal in England.
The emergency meeting was forced by a petition set up last month by activists that was signed by over 1,000 RCN members.
“I can confirm that an extraordinary general meeting will take place in late September”
It called on college leaders to stand down and followed widespread anger and dismay after many nurses discovered they would be getting much less in their wage packets than expected.
All members were told they would get a 3% per pay rise backdated this summer but it subsequently turned out this was not the case with only half getting the rise straight away.
The rest will receive an average increase of around 1.5% with more to come on their incremental date – which could be as many as 11 months down the line.
On 25 July, chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies issued a personal apology to members over the concerns that the new Agenda for Change deal was not properly explained to staff.
Two days later, the college pledged to commission an independent external review into the “governance and process” that had resulted in its “understanding and communication” on the deal.
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In a message issued today, RCN council chair Maria Trewern said a meeting had been held on Wednesday to discuss the calls for an EGM and its “commitment to commission an external review”.
Ms Trewern said: “I can confirm that an extraordinary general meeting will take place in late September.
“We will be letting you know the date and venue as soon as it is confirmed so that those of you who wish to attend can make your plans in good time,” she said.
In addition, she said the independent review would be carried out by the Audit Compliance Team at Electoral Reform Services Limited.
“The terms of reference will be finalised this week but the first phase of the work will be complete in time to inform the EGM in September,” she said.
She added: “I will continue to keep members posted as new information is available so that you are aware of what actions your elected council is taking on behalf of you all.”
The petition requesting the EGM stated that RCN members felt they had been “misled” over the deal and the communication surrounding it.
“Our livelihoods and the future of patient care are at stake and we deserve answers from those who represent us,” it stated.
It added: “We the undersigned also have no confidence in the current leadership of the Royal College of Nursing and call for them to stand down.”