The RCN is to rethink its constitutional rules governing how it goes about taking industrial action.
According to a resolution, passed by congress, the college’s council must now look at amending Rule 12 in its constitution.
The rule sets strict criteria about what actions RCN members can take in the event of industrial action and enshrines the principle that patient care must not suffer as a result.
Originally the resolution, proposed by Cecilia Anim of Islington branch, called for abolition of the rule but this was altered following a vote to call for Rule 12 to be amended.
Ms Anim said the rule was responsible for the delayed ballot on industrial action last year. ‘Rule 12 is not fit for purpose,’ she told delegates.