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NHS to seek strike negotiations?

The NHS will be looking to avoid industrial action by its members.

25 August 2011

Strike negotiations may be sought by the NHS to stop sector-wide industrial action taking place.

The British Medical Association, British Dental Association, GMB and Royal College of Nursing are among the bodies who may take their members to the picket line in a row over pensions.

Christina McAnea, national secretary for health for Unison - Europe's biggest public sector union - said it is almost "inevitable" that people will hold demonstrations.

Because of the threat this could pose to the health service, union bargaining may be used to try and find a resolution.

Ms McAnea told the Guardian: "There has never been full-scale industrial action in the health service. Industrial action in the NHS could be massive."

It comes as the teaching unions who walked out in June are believed to be considering further protests in November if talks prove to be fruitless in agreeing changes to the pension system.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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