RCM announce strike action following ballot results

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29 / 9 / 2014 2.51pm

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced that their members voted by a 82 per cent majority in favour of strike action, with 49.4 per cent of members voting in the ballot.
RCM members will now join the four hour strike action on Monday 13 October 2014 from 07:00 -11:00 and then commence action short of a strike from Tuesday 14 October, where RCM are asking members to only work overtime that they are paid for and to take any breaks they are entitled to. Full details can be found in the letter RCM are sending to their members. 

Reacting to the RCM announcement, Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said:

It is regrettable that members of the Royal College of Midwives have agreed to take industrial action along with some of the other NHS trade unions.

“Employers will be concerned that this industrial action could worry pregnant women. However we welcome indications from the RCM that its members will continue to provide cover on maternity wards and work with local employers now to ensure that services can be maintained safely on the day of the proposed action.”

Support for employers

We have been working closely with employers and our strategic partners Capsticks to help you prepare for this period of industrial action and have prepared a range of resources including a board level presentation pack, industrial action planning checklist, template letters for staff, risk matrix, industrial action myth buster and summary guidance of your staffing options during industrial action. We are also running a free industrial action webinar for employers. 

You can read or download the documents on the industrial action resources for employers page. 

We will also keep updating our main industrial action in the NHS webpage as the remaining ballot results are announced. 

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