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Nurse and midwife strike action suspended after new pay offer

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From the previous comments, I know this point of view may not be the most favourable, but think of this as a victory! The industrial action was aimed at achieving just this and, with the sacrifice of a few caps on higher bands etc, it has succeeded. Did you really expect the unions to go in there demanding the 1% that had been recommended and the government turning around and saying "oh, I see your point. Here, have a 10% pay rise instead"? What this has proved is that by standing firm together, we have more power. The next time negotiations take place, there may be more than just a few of us stood on the picket lines giving up our pay while others just whinge about it. If we spread that belief among our colleagues, then we may be able to go for more next time. Plus all of the other issues that have been mentioned will now be negotiated from a much stronger position and therefore we are more likely to get a positive outcome. Stay positive! This may only be a minor victory, but it is a victory that sets a precedent.

Posted date

28 January, 2015

Posted time

10:33 am

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