Theatre nurses at St George’s Hospital in south London have voted in favour of industrial action over proposed changes to rotas.
A unison representative said 95% of the nearly 200 nurses that voted in an indicative ballot at the end of January were in favour of action against new rotas planned by St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust.
The remaining 5% of voting papers were spoiled, the spokesman said.
The new arrangements would introduce a variety of shifts, depending on the needs of the service, and replace a basic Monday to Friday, 8:30-5pm pattern.
Unison says the rota changes would see staff “suffer pay cuts, day staff forced to work night duty and some of those with childcare commitments forced to quit theatres”.
Despite the positive ballot result, the Unison spokesman said the union was “taking stock” at present following its further claims last week that 500 posts were under threat at the trust, as part of cost cutting plans.
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