Local and regional government deal fails to convince nurses


Members of the DSR nurses’ union have voted to reject the proposed collective agreement for 2021-23 negotiated for local and regional government. The voting process is currently being carried out in other public sector unions and the full result won’t be know until around 21 April. The DSR argues that nurses have been left behind in terms of pay when taking account of their level of education, responsibilities and tasks.  Furthermore, the pandemic has meant extensive extra work for a great many nurses and the increased wage costs have had a negative impact as a result of the regulation scheme that links public to private sector pay developments. The union has already gone back to the employers with a clear message about the need for greater salary recognition of nurses. It also hopes that the parties can agree on a joint appeal to the government about the need for tripartite negotiations, to tackle the pay gap for female-dominated professions.

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