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Industrial Action Becomes a Real Possibility for the NHS

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The news headlines over the past few days have been full of reports over the potential strike action that could occur over the pension situation in the NHS. The Pensions Campaign Group, newly formed to tackle worries about NHS pensions, is comprised of various members of the NHS, and is formed of members from various unions. Everyone from doctors down to admin staff have become involved in the situation, with many worried about what could happen to their pensions in the future.

However the talk of industrial action was tempered by the fact that any such action would be on a co-ordinated basis. There would be no danger to any patients and patient care would not become compromised. The 25th August saw a summit held between thirteen different unions representing different parts of the NHS and their workers.

A statement released by the group following the summit said: “One of the clear aims of the campaign group is to ensure that patient safety remains paramount.”

The government wants to resolve the negotiations between their representatives and the unions by the end of October. However the unions fear that this is not enough time, and they are concerned that the government may not have any intention of compromising if needed.

Clearly the unions want to resolve the issue and ensure their members receive fair pension agreements. But they have stated that “the possibility of industrial action” could happen if talks did not go smoothly between the unions and the government.

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