Health staff set to hold strike ballot
Health service workers in Northern Ireland are to hold a ballot over whether to strike or carry out industrial action on the day of the general election.
The NIPSA ballot over staffing levels and pay which opens on November 4 is seeking majority support for strike actions and action short of a strike.
Potential strike action could take place on the day of the general election, December 12.
NIPSA's Maria Morgan stated: "NIPSA members did not create this crisis in the NHS but they are determined to end it.
"The crisis is the product of a political choice to continue with austerity combined with massive mismanagement over many years. This essential service exists due to the compassion, professionalism and dedication of public servants but they cannot continue to work in an unsafe environment and be underpaid.
"We demand more for our members and our communities. NIPSA will use the December 12 general election as a focus, to hold to account those that have caused the crisis."