Ballot for industrial action July 2014


22 / 7 / 2014 3.20pm

I am writing to let you know that UNISON, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives have announced today that they will be holding industrial action ballots for their NHS members in England.  

The ballots are in response to the Government’s decision on the 2014/15 pay award.

  • UNISON’s ballot will begin on 28 August and run until 18 September. UNISON say that “A yes vote is likely to lead to some form of action in early October, followed by further strikes and action over the Autumn and Winter.” 
  • The RCM have said that they will ballot their members during September.
  • GMB will be balloting members in August/September with any action commencing in October.
  • Unite’s ballot will run from 26 August – 26 September.

In light of the ballots, you may wish to review our recently updated guidance on Industrial action and contingency planning, prepared with our legal partner Capsticks.

As further details emerge we will also work with Capsticks to support you and are planning an update session / webinars to help you safely manage the effect of any potential industrial action on your organisation, along with additional resources and guidance, such as templates and helplines.

We will continue to provide further updates and keep you informed as the situation develops, but please let me know if there are any particular areas where you would benefit from additional help and support from us during this time.

As always, you can contact me at and can also follow us on twitter and join my LinkedIn page where I will be posting regular updates.

With best wishes,


Dean Royles

Chief Executive, NHS Employers

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