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Have your say on pay in Northern Ireland

8 November, 2018

Have your say on pay in Northern Ireland

We are consulting RCM members in Northern Ireland on their willingness to take industrial action up to and including strike action over pay. The consultation is now open until Friday 23 November – click here to complete the survey. Please do respond and ask your colleagues to do the same, it is important that we engage as many of you as possible in order to send a strong message.

RCM members in England, Scotland and Wales have voted to accept a three year pay deal combining pay award and reform of Agenda for Change. The reforms improve starting salaries and make it quicker to reach the top of the pay band. Funding for these increases came from the Treasury, the expectation is that equivalent money will be made available in Northern Ireland through the Barnett Formula.

Pay in Northern Ireland has now fallen seriously behind the other countries in the UK. The RCM and other health unions are in discussions with employers and the Department, however the Department’s position is that they are unable to enter into negotiations due to the lack of a Minister, an executive and a  functioning Assembly. The RCM believes that this position is unsustainable and pay for midwives and maternity support workers (MSWs) must be addressed as a matter of urgency. Recruitment and retention of midwives is already a real issue which will only be exacerbated if this situation is allowed to continue. 

The RCM will continue to engage with employers and the Department and at the most recent meeting it was indicated that the introduction of recent legislation may mean we are in a position to negotiate on a proposal very soon. This can only be seen as a positive step from the Department and we await their response.

The RCM are also progressing the issue through our own governance structures. Pay in Northern Ireland was on the agenda at the RCM Board meeting on the 15th November, potential ways forward were discussed and it was agreed there to consult members in Northern Ireland on their willingness to take industrial action up to and including strike action.

Please see below comparison of pay between midwives and MSWs in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Agenda for Change Band

Northern Ireland

England

Scotland

Wales

Band 2 (bottom)

£14,655

£17,460

£17,460

£17,460

Band 2 (top)

£17,775

£18,702

£19,470

£18,702

Band 3 (bottom)

£16,598

£17,787

£18,292

£17,787

Band 3 (top)

£19,656

£20,448

£21,349

£20,448

Band 5 (bottom)

£21,910

£23,023

£23,113

£23,023

Band 5 Top

£28,462

£29,608

£29,905

£29,608

Band 6 (bottom)

£26,301

£28,050

£28,050

£28,050

Band 6 (top)

£34,224

£36,644

£37,010

£36,644

Band 7 (bottom)

£31,383 

£33,222

£33,222

£33,222

Band 7 (top)

£41,374

£43,041

£43,471

£43,041

Band 8a (bottom)

£40,027

£42,414

£42,414

£42,414

Band 8a (top)

£48,035

£49,969

£50,470

£49,969

Band 8b (bottom)

£46,626          

£49,242

£49,242

£49,242

Band 8b (top)

£57,640

£59,964

£60,563

£59,964

Band 8c (bottom)

£56,103

£59,090

£59,090

£59,090

Band 8c (top)

£69,168

£71,243

£72,675

£71,243

We will of course keep you updated, please look out for further emails and read the joint union leaflet here. If you have any questions please speak to your Workplace Representative or email Mary Caddell, Regional Officer on mary.caddell@rcm.org.uk.

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