RCN publishes guide to employment relations

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A guide to help employers in the independent health care sector respond to new employment relations legislation has been released by the The Royal College of Nursing. The RCN says the Voluntary Recognition Toolkit: The Partnership Approach provides employers with a “how to” guide to the Employment Relations Act 1999. The Act gives employees an immediate right to trade union recognition and, later this year, the right to be represented at disciplinary and grievance hearings. The Act suggests that the starting point should be employers recognising a trade union voluntarily, in a spirit of co-operation with their staff. RCN General Secretary Christine Hancock said the RCN – a professional nursing association and trade union – was encouraging employers to establish voluntary recognition agreements with the help of the toolkit as part of a wider partnership approach, reflecting modern trade union practice. “In effect, this is two sides of the same coin – highly skilled and motivated nurses provide the best patient

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