Midwives and maternity support workers have voted in favour of taking industrial action in response to the growing resentment over NHS pay.
The findings of a consultation on industrial action by the RCM showed that over 94 per cent of the midwives who responded were prepared to strike over the issue of pay. 46.5 per cent of midwives responded to the consultation. The results will be taken to the RCM board in the near future. The board will decide whether to conduct a formal ballot on industrial action.
The consultation, the first on industrial action in the RCM's history, was initiated after the government rejected the NHS Pay Review Body's recommendation of a consolidated one per cent pay increase for NHS workers in England.
Cathy Warwick, the RCM chief executive, said: ‘Any action we might take will not affect the safety of women and their babies. There is a solution to this and that is for the Government to return to the negotiating table with the RCM and other unions and reconsider their position. This is the first time in the history of the RCM that midwives and maternity support workers have come to the conclusion that industrial action is their last resort.'