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BMA staff ballot to close

The GMB's BMA staff ballot will soon close.

29 May 2012

The British Medical Association (BMA) will soon know whether it will have to engage in strike negotiations, as an official ballot of GMB members who work for the organisation closes tomorrow (May 30th).

However, the BMA may already be expecting to embark in union bargaining, as a consultative GMB ballot in March indicated there is overwhelming support for industrial action by the group's members.

The strike follows contract negotiations relating to a pay offer, which was rejected.

GMB organiser Anna Meyer said the union will soon know if the sentiments expressed in the March ballot will be translated into an official vote for action.

"My feeling is that it will be," she added.

This represents the first balloting of doctors relating to industrial action in four decades, the representative added.

"All emergency and urgent care would be provided and doctors would still be at their usual places of work," BMA council chairman Hamish Meldrum said.

Posted by Edel Quinn

Source: GMB press release, May 28th

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