Nurses/RCN industrial action vote

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Mike Harman
Joined: 7-02-06
Apr 18 2007 07:45
Nurses/RCN industrial action vote
The Royal College of Nursing voted overwhelmingly yesterday to take industrial action over pay throughout the NHS if the government does not back down within a month to rescind a decision to postpone part of this year's award.

Delegates at the union's annual conference in Harrogate voted by a 95% majority for the first nationwide action since it was founded in 1916.

The general secretary, Peter Carter, said he would seek an urgent meeting with the chancellor, Gordon Brown, and the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, in a last ditch attempt to avoid disruption of the NHS.,,2059584,00.html


The most likely action would be a "work to rule", which would see nurses working only their contracted hours. The Royal College's research shows that nurses work about six-and-a-half hours of unpaid overtime every week.

If they've given them a month though it may well not happen, but still I don't think I remember seeing even the vote before.