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RCN does deal with independents over royal wedding pay


Nine independent sector employers have agreed to recognise the royal wedding day as a normal bank holiday.

The Royal College of Nursing announced that the organisations, which have recognition agreements with the college, would treat the 29 April as a normal bank holiday.

As a result, their staff at work on the day will receive the normal contractual bank holiday arrangements or pay enhancements that they would on any other national holiday.

The announcement follows the collapse of national negotiations between unions and the management umbrella body NHS Employers over the royal wedding.

NHS Employers proposed to pay staff at normal rates on 29 April and a day off in lieu, while everyone else would have a day’s paid annual leave. But unions argued that staff working on the day should receive enhanced bank holiday rates.  

As a result, agreements are being agreed locally between trusts and union branches.

The organisations with RCN recognition agreements are:

  • Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • BMI Hospitals/GHG
  • Nuffield Hospitals
  • Sue Ryder Care
  • Partnerships in Care
  • Choice Support
  • Care Quality Commission
  • NHS Direct
  • NHS Blood and Transplant

Readers' comments (3)

  • It IS a normal bank holiday for the rest of the country and its workers. Why should we be the only ones who do not get treated equally? Pay me the FULL bank holiday pay, or I do not work. Simple as that.

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  • "...agreed to recognise the royal wedding day as a normal bank holiday."

    BIG of them!

    "The organisations with RCN recognition agreements are:............"

    looks like they are trying to rub salt into the wounds of the NHS staff!

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  • I think its about time we stopped letting managers walk all over us and take advantage of our good will. I would happily strike.

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