This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

RCM to ballot Northern Ireland members

Written by: | Published:

Northern Irish members of the RCM will be balloted Northern Irish members of the RCM will be balloted

The RCM have announced that they will ballot their members in Northern Ireland over the issue of pay, after a consultation gave a favourable response to industrial action.

In the consultation, 88.8% of members said that they were prepared to take strike action and 94.8% voted in favour of taking action short of a strike, such as a period of working to rule. Of the RCM's Northern Irish members, 48.2% responded to the consultation.

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said: 'Midwives are at the end of their tether. They have suffered long-term pay restraint and changes to their pension and terms and conditions. Meanwhile they are working harder and harder to deliver high quality care with continuing shortages of midwives and daily pressures on services.

The ballot of the RCM's 1200 members in Northern Ireland will begin on 30 March and close on 20 April. Members will be asked if they support strike action and if they support industrial action short of a strike.

Ms Warwick said: 'Staff have to be valued and fairly rewarded for the work they do. Staff that are demoralised cannot deliver the quality of care that HSC users, including mothers and babies, deserve. Investing in staff is an investment in better care. I hope the Northern Ireland Executive and HSC Employers join the RCM and other unions at the negotiating table, reconsider their position and seek a solution.'

Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK which has not offered NHS staff a pay rise in line with the NHS Pay Review Body's recommendations for 2015/16.

Ms Warwick added: 'Northern Ireland is the only country in the UK not to have an agreement for pay in 2015/16. Scotland paid the recommended uplift and England and Wales negotiated agreements. The staff in Northern Ireland have been ignored.'

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.