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Midwives plan strike ballot over pay dispute

By Victoria O'Hara

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has launched its first ballot for industrial action in Northern Ireland in its 134-year history over a pay dispute.

The RCM's 1,200 members here are being asked if they will take strike action or industrial action short of a strike. In a consultation, 88.8% of members said they were prepared to take strike action, and 94.8% voted that they were prepared to take action short of a strike. The consultation had a response rate of 48.2%.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not to have an agreement for pay in 2015/16.

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said: "Midwives are at the end of their tether."

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