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Nurses’ union now balloting for strikes

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Nurses in the RCN union are preparing to go into battle over pay. They could also be joined by other health workers in other unions
Issue 2820
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Nurses will ballot for strikes (pic: Guy Smallman)

Several hundred thousand nurses across England and Wales are to be balloted for strikes over pay. A yes vote would lead to the biggest NHS strike for many years. And the nurses could be joined by other health workers in many different unions.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says that after consultation with its members it decided to fight. “There’s never been a more urgent time to fight for fair pay and patient safety,” said Pat Cullen, RCN general secretary. 

“From severe staff shortages to a decade of underpayment, we can’t continue like this.” The RCN is campaigning for a fully-funded pay rise for nurses of 5 percent above inflation which is on track to reach 13 percent this year.

The ballot will open on 15 September and run until 13 October. The giant Unison union is also balloting its members for strikes. But its ballot doesn’t start until late October.

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