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Nurses to be balloted on strike action

Nurses are to be balloted to take industrial action against the government’s multi-year pay deal.

The Unite ballot, which could lead to strike action, will begin on 28 October and closes on 12 November.

Following the ballot's closure, and if members are in agreement, the union will have 28 days to take action.

According to Unite, 95% of its members reject the government’s pay deal which is worth a 7.9% rise over three years, from this April.

Dave Fleming Unite’s national officer for health, said: ‘We are confident of a decisive ‘Yes’ vote for industrial action.

‘There is a real danger that this government policy of falsely depressing public sector pay could continue for many years to come – we can’t allow this to happen.’


Readers' comments (3)

  • How about a campaign in support of a livable pay for staff working in the private sector. I'm sick listening to NHS staff crying like babies regarding their pay which is more than acceptable taking into consideration they get additional renumeration for working weekends, night duty and public holidays and a very good pension scheme as well. None of this is applicable to staff working in the private sector.Kate Robinson Nurse Manager

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  • i understand tha you feel hard done by in the private sector but you were probably trained by teh nhs so stop moaning about us getting a wage rise and come back to your routes and help us to get a better deal for all

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  • Nobody forces you to work privately,if that's the way you want to go then that's up to you. you shouldn't then be judging nurses who still work for the NHS and are proud to do so. All we want is to be treated fairly as others are. If you're not satisfied with your conditions leave, there are plenty of jobs in the NHS, then perhaps you'd see why we want a fair pay deal.

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