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Northern Ireland Pay Campaign

Northern Ireland Pay Campaign



For the first time in our history, the Royal College of Midwives has balloted members in Northern Ireland for industrial action.

The ballot closed at noon on Monday 20th April and the result was yes to both strike action and action short of a strike.





The result of the ballot is:

Question One: Are you prepared to take part in a strike?

  

Number of ballot papers returned

586

Number of individuals answering ‘yes’

513 (89.7%)

Number of individuals answering ‘no’

59   (10.3%)

Number of spoiled voting papers

14

Question Two: Are you prepared to take part in action short of a strike?

  

Number of ballot papers returned

586

Number of individuals answering ‘yes’

518 (96.5%)

Number of individuals answering ‘no’

19   (3.5%)

Number of spoiled voting papers

49


We believe that this result will send a powerful message that midwives and maternity support workers deserve fair pay.

Cathy Warwick met with the RCM Board on the afternoon of 20 April 2015 to discuss the result and we are calling you to take industrial action. Our industrial action will start on Thursday 30th April with a four hour stoppage between 8am and 12pm.

We have prepared a ‘Taking Industrial Action’ briefing paper for you that explains the action and what you need to do. This has been posted to your home address and is available online.

Where to go for further information

If you have any further questions you can:

Thank you for voting in this historic ballot, I know that if we stand together we have the best chance of getting a fair deal for HSC staff.

Resources for workplace representatives

We have prepared the following resources for Workplace Reps:

Why is this important?

This is an unprecedented attack on HSC pay in Northern Ireland because:

  • RCM members in Scotland were paid the uplift straight away; a negotiated agreement was made in Wales and a negotiated offer has been made in England. Northern Ireland is the only country that hasn’t reached an agreement or negotiated an offer;
  • Demoralised staff can not give the quality of care that women and babies deserve, investment in staff is a investment in care; and
  • Midwives, maternity support workers and other HSC staff have had changes to their pension; changes to their terms and conditions and faced four years of pay restraint. Enough’s enough.

What else can I do?

  • Spread the word with members - Talk to colleagues about pay and the RCM’s campaign and ask them to vote in the ballot or if they are not members ask them to join the RCM;
  • Spread the word with the public - Use social media to explain why fair pay is important, if you are on Twitter use the hashtag #hscpay.

To find out about the pay campaign in England, click here.