Northern Ireland nurses to ballot for industrial action
Nurses in Northern Ireland may be set to consider industrial action short of strikes.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Northern Ireland announced last night that the RCN Council has authorised its members in Northern Ireland to ballot on taking industrial action over the lack of a pay award for nursing staff across the province.
Chair of the council Michael Brown voiced his support for nurses in the province.
“We identified with the sense of unfairness felt by our colleagues in Northern Ireland over the fact that they are the only part of the UK that has not had a pay award,” he said. “We fully support them in their negotiations to achieve that, and have given them the authority to ballot if necessary for industrial action short of strike action.
“We agreed that any such action should be planned to ensure that patient safety is not compromised in any way. We recognise that many other public sector workers in Northern Ireland have had a pay settlement, and it is wrong that nursing staff have been left for so long without an agreement.”