Nurse strikes in England end as vote turnout too low
Health / Tue 27th Jun 2023 at 12:30pm
STRIKE action by nurses at the Royal College of Nursing will not continue after the union’s ballot of its members in England failed to achieve a mandate reports The BBC.
While the majority of members voted to continue to take industrial action, the numbers taking part in the vote were too low for it to count.
Just over 43% too part – below the 50% threshold required.
The RCN balloted its members after the previous six-month mandate for strike action had expired.
Its members were among a minority of health staff who rejected the government’s pay deal of a 5% rise this and a lump sum of at least £1,655.
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As I said at the start of all of this, the action has fizzled out. The RCN need to become a proper union by creating local branches based in hospitals that have access to membership lists and retain a percentage of membership dues to enable local negotiation and campaigns. The RCN are far too centralised. They also need to do what the RCM that represent Midwives did some years ago and join the Trades Union Congress.