29 / 9 / 2014 10.49am
Unite the union has announced that its members voted by a 62 per cent majority in England in favour of strike action and 77 per cent in favour of action short of a strike. No turnout figures have yet been published for the ballot.
Unite 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, starting at midnight on Monday 13 October to 9 November.
Unite members who work in the ambulance service are being asked to take part in an overtime ban from midnight on Monday 13 October, ending at midnight on Sunday 19 October.
Reacting to the Unite ballot, Gill Bellord, director of employment relations and reward at the NHS Employers organisation, said:
“Employers are concerned and disappointed that Unite intends to join Unison in strike action in the NHS. This is not the patients’ dispute and we strongly urge unions to take them out of it entirely, by instead returning to discussions on ways out of this troubling period of pay restraint.”
You can read the full response from NHS Employers in our media notice
UCATT ballot result
In a separate ballot, members of construction union UCATT working in the NHS have also voted in favour of both strike action and industrial action short of strike action. From 480 ballot papers issued, 61 voted in favour of taking strike action, creating a 77 per cent majority.
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 on 30 September.