Royal College of Nursing halts strike action after too few nurses voted on it

A nurse: this person will receive less pay than she needs to live on, after the Royal College of Nursing’s latest ballot on strike action failed to receive the necessary proportion of votes to be considered indicative.

It has just been reported (on the BBC’s Politics Live) that the Royal College of Nursing is giving up its strike action for better pay and conditions – because too few of its members took part in a ballot on whether to go on.

The RCN has a threshold of 50 per cent of its members taking part in a ballot before its result can be taken as indicative and only 43 per cent voted in the latest poll, it seems.

So these nurses must now capitulate to demands from the Tory government that they accept a pay cut (it’s a rise that doesn’t even meet current inflation levels, let alone counter the enormous pay cuts inflicted by the Tories since they came into office in 2010).

For the National Health Service, this means more nurses will quit and find work elsewhere in the UK, or perhaps in other countries (Politics Live is now discussing doctors moving to Australia).

That will create more strain for those who are left and will push the health service closer to the collapse that the Tories want, in order to open the floodgate for a fully-privatised, US-style sickness industry that will keep you as ill as possible in order to make the biggest profits for the “health” companies and their shareholders.

And you can’t expect a Labour government to improve matters; Keir Starmer, Wes Streeting and the other Labour leaders are all in the pockets of the healthcare corps as well.

The best advice This Site can give you now – especially if you life in England, is that offered by Neil Kinnock in the 1980s:

“Don’t get sick.”

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1 thought on “Royal College of Nursing halts strike action after too few nurses voted on it

  1. Martin Odoni

    That’s the point of overstretch. When you work a real-terms 60-hour week, as many nurses find themselves doing, who has time to fill in a ballot?

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