BREAKING NEWS: Nurses agree Four Seasons pay offer

Unionised nurses have voted to accept a pay rise of between 1% and 1.5% from Four Seasons Health  Care (FSHC).

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members voted to accept the deal which applies to staff who have not received any wage rise since April 2016.

Clare Jacobs, RCN lead negotiator for FSHC, said: “Given the challenges facing publicly funded health and social care we are pleased to have reached this agreement and that our members will receive a small increase in their pay.

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“However, the RCN continues to campaign for the real Living Wage to underpin all basic pay in health and social care as the absolute minimum and strive for better pay, terms and working conditions for all our members.”

FSHC has also agreed to pay nurses for handover time as well as for management approved breaks and training.

Louise Cherry, people director, FSHC, said: “We have a recognition agreement with the RCN, the GMB and UNISON and a constructive relationship based on a common aim that all front line care staff and support staff should be well trained, feel secure, be motivated and fairly paid for the important work they do.

“The unions recognised the increased rate is a good offer, considering the challenges the entire sector is facing from the widely publicised under-funding of elderly social care and we are pleased that their members have voted to accept it.”

The result of a ballot on a RCN approved pay offer to FSHC’s brighterkind members is expected at the end of the month.

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