Whoa! Averaging 66,000 Unique Weekly Readers! 

FeaturedNews

Nurses deserve pay reward – McCandless

1 Mins read

Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless has called on the Health Minister to end his ‘unnecessary and unbefitting battle with nurses’. The Royal College of Nursing are currently balloting their members for potential industrial action given the refusal of Minister Simon Hamilton to grant them their recommended basic 1% pay rise.

William McCandless said:

“The Ulster Unionist Party fully supports nurses being awarded the recommended 1% pay rise. It’s a modest and below inflationary increase and I believe it is the least we could do for one of the most important and essential workforces that we have.

“Workers in the NHS in Northern Ireland are now the poorest paid across the entire UK. An experienced staff nurse in Northern Ireland is now paid £279 a year less than in England and £561 a year less than in Scotland. Given our medical staff in Northern Ireland are signed up to the NHS’s wider UK terms and conditions, they shouldn’t be treated any worse or any less thought-off than their colleagues in England, Scotland and Wales.

“Given that our medical staff in Northern Ireland are signed up to the NHS’s wider UK terms and conditions, when the Independent Pay Review Body recommends a 1% increase, it should be implemented.

“Disappointingly however the DUP last week decided to oppose this recommendation and therefore it has only been granted for some workers. That was not all that surprising however given only 2 of the 38 DUP MLAs said they were in favour of the 1% increase for those in the nursing professions. Perhaps the DUP Health Minister could explain to us why he and approximately 90% of his colleagues are not in favour of awarding the pay rise?”

Digital Editorial Team
12147 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Articles
Related posts
News

12 arrests and three vehicles seized following Joint Agency Task Force Operation

1 Mins read
Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland were part of a cross border Joint Agency Task Force operation that took place…
News

Woman 'confirms involvement' in hoax bomb alert at Armoy

1 Mins read
A WOMAN with a Stranraer address has “confirmed” involvement in a hoax bomb alert in Armoy in 2019, Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting…
BusinessLocal NewsNews

Dodds announces new support scheme for large tourism and hospitality businesses

2 Mins read
Economy Minister Diane Dodds today unveiled details of a new £26.1m support scheme for larger hospitality and tourism businesses that have been…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *