After their failure to force an improvement to the three-year pay deal, nursing unions Unison and RCN are to focus on other issues in 2009, such as sorting out unresolved contractual issues in Agenda for Change.
Unison said it would now prioritise improving mileage allowances, subsistence allowances and on-call payments, while the RCN is to look at tackling work-related stress.
Mike Jackson, Unison’s senior national officer, said: ‘We are looking at options for a completely new system for reimbursing NHS staff who work in the community and use a car. We will also be trying to negotiate a harmonised system for on-call payments. We also need to secure the benefits of the Knowledge and Skills Framework system.’
Josie Irwin, RCN head of employment relations, said: ‘Given that work-related stress is the area where our staff representatives have the highest incidence of reports, I would like to see a real push in this area.’