The Royal College of Nursing is consulting its members on the Fairness at Work white paper, asking whether they agree with its view that union negotiating rights should cover professional issues such as patient care. Josie Irwin, of the RCN's labour relations department, says views put forward will feature in the RCN's formal response to the government. She particularly wants to hear views on fixed-term contracts, zero-hours contracts, the 40 per cent hurdle proposed for union recognition, and family-friendly policies.