Image source, Image caption, NHS nurses now feel "undervalued, disenfranchised and angry " says union
Nurses union has filed a formal dispute with the Welsh government over of a 3% pay rise at the NHS.
The Wales Minister of Health previously announced the recognized hike " the dedication and commitment of the dedicated NHS staff .
But the head of the Royal College of Nursing Wales (RCN) said nurses now felt "undervalued ".
The Welsh government said it had followed the recommendations from the NHS Pay Review Body and the Dentist Review Body.
RCN Wales manager Helen Whyley said a formal trade dispute would warn the government that if it did not open wage negotiations, the union would take action for industrial action.
"Over the past 18 months, nurses have gone above and beyond in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but now they feel dumped, disenfranchised and angry "she said.
Ms Whyley said 94% of union members voted for an increase of 3% of wages is "totally unacceptable ".
"Despite the Prime Minister announcing £ 991million in new funding for NHS Wales, none of this is happening was assigned to pay nurses, "she said.
"Patients wait for treatment and care and nurses are needed to make it happen. "
'Anger and frustration '
She also called on the Welsh government to o Address "more than 1,700 vacancies for registered nurses " in the NHS Wales.
RCN Wales The Chairman of the Board, Richard Jones, said: "We do wish not take any action in favor of industrial action, but the anger and frustration of our members is evident. "
In response, the Welsh government said the 3% for staff at the NHS was a recommendation "based on evidence submitted by all parties, including unions ".
"We hope NHS employees understand how much we value their work and appreciate everything they did. "
He said he had " a number of constructive meetings "on how " to improve compensation for the NHS Wales ".
" While it is disappointing that the RCN feels unable to participate in these discussions, we remain committed to striving to deliver a set of improvements in the limit of funds available.
"While we want to invest in our workforce, we also need to invest in providing essential NHS services.
He added that 'In addition to the pay rise he had awarded NHS staff a one-time payment of £ 735 per person which, after deductions, would amount to £ 500 for the most part.