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RCM members vote yes to strike action

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Midwives have voted to take part in the strike action on 13 October, following other healthcare professionals voting yes last week.

In the first ballot of members of the Royal College of Midwives, nearly 8,500 members voted yes to strike action. The total number of members that voted was 10,536. More members voted for action short of strike: 9,466 members out of the 10,536.

Members will take part in the four-hour strike on 13 October by stopping working between 7am and 11am. RCM workforce representatives will work with heads of midwifery to create contingency plans to ensure the safety of mothers and their babies. If it is decided that midwives need to work during the stoppage, they will be provided with stickers to say that they are taking part in industrial action but are required to work.

Further action, including taking allocated breaks and only working overtime if paid will commence from 14 October.

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