Gary PORTER JONES
Comment on: NHS staff vote in favour of strike
I wonder what the RCN’s view is on this outcome and on balloting its own members. The RCN isn’t part of the TUC so I'm not sure how they’ll play it. I suspect that the “NHS workers including nurses” referred to in the article will be a significant under-representation of nurses in the NHS without RCN members being included.
Comment on: Health unions make plans for pensions walk out
I echo Anonymous' comment above. However, many colleagues I've spoken to have grown too disillusioned with the health service and the public's perception of the nursing profession to yearn any more for thanks, gratitude or respect, and would simply be content with having reasonable pay for reasonable work (we've already accepted a 2 year pay freeze), and keeping the pension the Government has led us to believe we would have since we started our careers. Nurses and their unions are seen as an easy, toothless, target when it comes to Government cuts.
Re: "Hi Gary, I am still waiting to hear what form the industrial action that is going to bring the government to its knees is going to take."
Me too. Can Peter Carter or anyone else from the RCN clarify please? Although I'm not sure he ever said it is intended to bring the Government to its knees.
Hi Lard Wheel Inn
Take a moment to check the definition of Industrial Action. You might be surprised that it can, indeed, mean something other than leaving the staff canteen in a mess, fewer cups of tea for the boss, and striking. Having said that, it was Peter Carter that said it not me, so maybe have a chat with him directly.
It's important to note that Peter Carter also made it clear in the webchat that industrial action and strike action aren't necessarily the same thing.