Midwives Vote For Strike Action

Midwives in England have voted in favour of strike action next month.

The industrial action is over pay.

Following a vote of its members, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said 82% voted in favour of a strike. It is the first time the organistion has been balloted on such an action.

They will join other NHS staff, including nurses and healthcare assistants, in a walkout on 13 October. The strike is expected to last for four hours on the day, but the RCM has said there will still be midwives on duty for women giving birth. It is thought ante-natal and post-natal appointments will be affected by the industrial action.

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, 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. "


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