UNISON members vote to take industrial action over pay dispute

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18 / 9 / 2014 12.24pm

UNISON has just announced the results of their ballot on taking industrial action in the NHS over their pay dispute with the Government. 

The results of the ballot were:

  • 68 per cent voted in favour of taking strike action 
  • 88 per cent voted in favour of taking action short of strike  

No turnout figures for the vote have yet been released.

NHS Employers response

Responding to today's announcement, Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said: 

"This yes-vote is disappointing for the NHS and will concern thousands of patients who rely on its services, as well as many staff. But we remain hopeful that a decision will be made not to proceed with strike action.

“We have asked unions to ensure they give employers far more than the minimum seven days statutory notice to help plan patient care, should unions formally proceed to strike action. Employers can then communicate with staff about how it could impact their work and to minimise disruption to patients."

You can read the full response in our media centre

Next steps

We are now awaiting confirmation from UNISON of any action they intend to take as a result of the ballot. Once we have further news we will update our industrial action webpage

We have been working closely with employers and our strategic partners Capsticks, to make sure we can help you to prepare for any industrial action that is announced. If UNISON announce a period of industrial action in the NHS, we will issue some new resources for employers next week, to help them prepare for any industrial action.

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