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'Tell us what you will be doing on the day of action'


The day of industrial action is still very much on the cards for 30 November as we go to press.

But our hope is that some of the editorial we have included on this subject on pages 4 and 7 becomes wholly redundant by our date of publication.

Such a statement is usually considered heresy by journalists, but we want some of the content to be out of date - because we want the government to sit around the table with unions and thrash out an agreement over public sector pensions that doesn’t see nurses forced to retire at 68 and survive on around £3,500 a year.

It’s difficult to know how the action taken by nurses, teachers and the police et al will affect the public’s view of their situation.

Many of those employed by private business mistakenly perceive that NHS pensions are “gold plated” and the media could use stats from some of the highest earners to pour scorn on the issue. But will they?

Surely most people feel nurses who have given their all - physically and emotionally - deserve a comfortable retirement? One hopes the media shows some sympathy for nurses for once.

The other interesting aspect of this day is the impact that social media will have on its success, creating greater opportunities to communicate exactly what is happening, and how union members can join in. If the day goes ahead, it will be the biggest demonstration of public sector power ever seen in this country.

In the meantime, we want to see your photographs of protests and action, and your views on the day - whatever they are. Send them to

And don’t forget to join me and other nurses webchatting live on the day about the industrial action at 1pm on

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Chat live with the editor and other nurses at every Wednesday at 1pm about this column.


Readers' comments (6)

  • I will be making my feelings clear on the "day of action" by "taking" action and will be joining the picket line tomorrow. I do not beleive that we are being unreasonable to expect that a government should stand shoulder with its public sector employees. If we really want to discuss gold plated pensions lets start with our elected public servants. The british have a history of standing together in adversity and not being fooled into a divide and conquer philosophy. United we are stronger. Support your nurses, firefighters, police officers, soldiers and bin men. They make a difference every day and are only asking that the government keep to its side of the agreement.

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  • I can tell you what I did do! I shouted myself hoarse on the picket line!! What a great day! We all made our feelings known, there was no trouble, and we recieved a lot of public support!

    Patrick, well said!

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  • left the country!

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  • I went to work and loooked after my clients.
    They did not cause the strike even though I am unhappy with pension agreements.

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  • Christopher, then do something about it!

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  • 'most people feel nurses who have given their all - physically and emotionally - deserve a comfortable retirement?'

    A great sentiment. However, as many of the lower bands do not have a comfortable existence when they are at work they are unlikely to be comfortable on 50% of their earnings [assuming that they get the full pension]....

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