The Royal College of Midwives is consulting with midwives who work in the NHS in England over possible industrial action in protest at the Government’s controversial pay offer.
While not an official ballot, the RCM is asking midwives whether they are prepared to strike ahead of a potential ballot later in the year.
Action is being considered in response to Westminster’s pay offer earlier this year, which consisted of the following:
The RCM began emailing members yesterday, and is recommending midwives vote yes to industrial action.
RCM director of policy, employment relations and communications Jon Skewes said last week: “The RCM, midwives and MSWs are saying to Jeremy Hunt enough is enough, we need fair pay in the NHS in England. He is denying frontline staff the pay award recommended by the independent PRB.
“They said it was affordable and necessary. He is picking a dispute with key NHS staff like midwives and tearing up their agreed pay system. It’s not too late to think again as they begin to consider, for the first time, taking action to protect the NHS.”