Manx Care responds to nurses’ union’s pay rejection
Manx Care said in response: ‘Manx Care acknowledges that the offer of a 4% pay increase has been declined, and will hold talks with union representatives imminently to try to progress this matter and consider next steps.
‘The organisation is currently considering all of the options available to it.
‘The offer of a 4% increase is considerably higher than the initial 1% that was budgeted for in the current financial year.
‘The offer matches the overall offer agreed in Scotland and exceeds the 3% pay increase to National Health Service staff in England.
‘Salary scales in the Isle of Man are ahead of those in England given the need to attract healthcare staff to the island.
‘If it had been accepted, the 4% offer would have given colleagues anywhere between a 14% and a 29% pay lead over comparable positions in England.
‘We believe that any pay offer should recognise the contribution that our staff make, and should be balanced against the need to continue to deliver public services in a very challenging and unprecedented economic environment.’