Royal College of Midwives plans industrial action

June 15, 2007 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

The traditionally conservative Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is planning industrial action for the first time since it was founded 125 years ago.

RCM members are outraged that midwives’ pay is now increasing at a rate slower than inflation – in real terms, midwives are getting their pay cut. Delegates at the RCM’s recent conference voted unanimously for a ballot on industrial action, though the College insists it will stop short of a strike.

RCM General Secretary Karlene Davis commented “There is a groundswell of discontent amongst midwives… it is one that the Government ignores at its peril. Morale amongst midwives is plummeting and the pressure on them is increasing”. She added that midwives felt “real anger” at the pay deal.

Meanwhile, the Royal College of Nursing will also ballot its members on industrial action for the first time in history.

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Entry filed under: 2.5% is a paycut, industrial action, midwifery, news.

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