Midwives have voted to go on a 4 hour strike on the 13th of October. The dispute, which is over pay, will be followed by a period of action short of a strike, which is likely to involve staff refusing to work unpaid overtime.
The Royal College of Midwives said midwives will still be there for women giving birth, and only ante-natal and post-natal appointments will be affected by the strike which starts at 7am.
82% of RCM members voted in favour – the first time they have ever been balloted on industrial action. As well as voting on a strike, just over 94% said they were in favour of industrial action short of a strike. Nearly half of midwives eligible voted in the ballot.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, which has 26,000 members, said: “This is a resounding yes. It could not send a clearer signal about the level of discontent on this issue.
“The RCM will be meeting with employers to discuss our action and to ensure that mothers and babies are not put at any risk. I want to reassure women expecting a baby that midwives will continue to look after them and that they will be safe. “