UNISON Northern Ireland

STRIKE ACTION

NHS members in Northern Ireland get less pay than NHS Staff in Scotland, England and Wales. This is unfair and unacceptable.

UNISON Members have voted in favour of strike action. The first phase of industrial action takes place from Monday 25th November to 18th December. Action will take place across different occupational sectors on different dates across the three weeks. Branches will arrange meetings with members in each sector to inform them of upcoming action and when their industrial action takes place. 

STRIKE SCHEDULES - AREAS, OCCUPATIONS, DATES & TIMES OF STRIKE ACTION

 

Nurses and Nursing Assistants Action Short of Strike (Monday 2nd December - Sunday 15th December)

     

Advice from the NMC

Like many other professions, nurses, midwives and nursing associates have the right to take part in lawful industrial action, including strike action.

For those on our register taking part in such action, the standards and behaviours set out in the Code continue to apply.

During industrial action, employers of health and care services have an important role to play in planning and preparing for how people’s individual needs can be responded to and their continuity of care maintained.

For nursing and midwifery professionals not taking part in industrial action, we recognise that they may need to use their professional judgment to assess risk and find the best way to provide care for patients and people who use services.

Need further information?

Check out our frequently asked questions below.

 Do nurses, midwives and nursing associates have the right to take part in industrial action, including strike action?

Yes. They have a right to take part in lawful industrial action, including strike action.

 Is it ok for people to take part in industrial action, including strike action?

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates have the right to take part in any such action if they wish.

To help minimise disruption to the care of patients and people using services, we’d expect employers to consider the impact of strike action at an individual level, together with putting in place any supportive measures that are appropriate.

 What happens if industrial action, including strike action, affects students?

In these circumstances, we expect Approved Education Institutions (AEIs) to assess risks to the learning environment and student learning, and to report to us if this has been affected and how they are mitigating this impact.

 

This week the main picket lines and demos are as follows:

           

        

 

 

STRIKE ACTION GALLERY

 

UNISON members on the picket line confront Secretary of State Julian Smith over securing funding for the implementation of pay parity in Northern Ireland.

 

The Table below shows the disparities in your pay.  

Real People, Real Stories - The realities of low pay in the Health Service

     

 

Posters for Pickets

            

 

Industrial Action News

UNISON DEMANDS THAT THE HEALTH SERVICE NOT BE USED AS POLITICAL LEVERAGE

PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS - PATIENTS ARE CONTINUOUSLY AT RISK

UNISON NURSING FAMILY STEP UP TO STRIKE ACTION

UNISON HEALTH WORKERS BEGIN SECOND WEEK OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION

UNISON MEMBERS AT CRAIGAVON, MUSGRAVE PARK AND OMAGH HOSPITALS TAKE STRIKE ACTION 

UNISON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES MEMBERS INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONTINUES

FIRST WAVE OF UNISON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES MEMBERS TO TAKE STRIKE ACTION

PRESS RELEASE FROM HSC TRADE UNIONS NORTHERN IRELAND

UNISON challenges Department of Health claims on fair pay for health workers

Solidarity from the Council of the Isles

UNISON responds to Public Sector Pay policy for 2019/20

UNISON demands that Northern Ireland Budget fund fair pay for health workers

POLITICIANS PREPARE FOR ELECTIONS, HEALTH WORKERS PREPARE FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION

UNISON ballots health workers for industrial action to save our health service 

 

Spread the word

Let your colleagues know about the ballot for strike action - You can download posters and leaflets for your workplace using the icons below.

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