UK Midwives' Union Members Vote to Strike Over Pay Dispute

More than 80 percent of the 10,536 ballots cast were in favor of a strike, and more than 90 percent supported industrial action short of a strike, the Royal College of Midwives announced Sept. 29.

Members of the Royal College of Midwives voted strongly in favor of a strike, or an industrial action short of a strike, in a pay dispute with the British government. RCM is a trade union, the only one in Britain led by midwives for midwives and those that support them, and the vast majority of the midwifery profession are members.

The ballot asked two questions, and RCM posted the results on its website:

Question One: Are you prepared to take part in a strike?

  • Number of votes cast: 10,536
  • Number of individuals answering yes: 8,464 (82.2%)
  • Number of individuals answering no: 1,827 (17.8%)
  • Number of spoiled voting papers: 245

Question Two: Are you prepared to take part in action short of a strike?

  • Number of votes cast: 10,536
  • Number of individuals answering yes: 9,466 (94.6%)
  • Number of individuals answering no: 542 (5.4%)
  • Number of spoiled voting papers: 528

This vote is the first time RCM's leadership has asked its members to approve an industrial action. Its chief executive officer, Cathy Warwick, met with the RCM board on Sept. 29 and agreed to commence an industrial action on Monday, Oct. 13.

Details of the dispute and additional information are available here.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • EHS Management Software Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2021

    March 2021

    Featuring:

    • EMPLOYEE TESTING
      The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Testing
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Building a Comprehensive Floor Safety Strategy
    • GAS DETECTION
      Gas Hazards and the COVID-19 Vaccine
    View This Issue