Members of the RCM will strike for four hours from 7am to 11am on Monday 24th November, with further action taking place from Tuesday 25th November to Friday 28th November.
This further action will consist of RCM members taking all breaks they are entitled to and only working overtime if it is agreed that they will be paid.
Last month saw the first industrial action in the RCM’s 133-year history following the rejection by employers of the Independent NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendation of a 1% pay rise for NHS staff.
The action saw RCM members taking part in a four hour strike and then taking the breaks they were entitled to and only working overtime if it was agreed they would be paid for it.
Figures collected by the RCM show that during that week, on average, RCM members worked an extra three hours overtime. If RCM members continue to take further action and continue to work three hours extra every week it would take just over four weeks to earn the equivalent of 1% of their salary.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said: “Our action in October was very effective in showing the level of discontent amongst midwives and that the goodwill that midwives gives to the NHS everyday is worth far more than the 1% pay increase. Announcing these further dates of action shows that we are determined that enough is enough, NHS staff deserve fair pay.
“Last time the RCM worked very hard to meet with employers to discuss our action and to ensure that mothers and babies were not put at any risk; we will do exactly the same for the action in November. I want to reassure women expecting a baby that midwives will continue to look after them and that they will be safe.”
The decision earlier this year was to ignore the NHS Pay Review Body’s recommendations and instead give a 1% non-consolidated increase only to staff at the top of their incremental scale.
This means only some midwives get the increase and because the award is non-consolidated it will not count towards pension entitlements or shift pay and will be wiped away at the end of March 2016 meaning wages will go back to their April 2013 level.
The RCM will be working with other unions taking similar action to coordinate activity.