Midwives are considering strike action over the last pay deal offered to them.
It is the first time in the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) 125-year history that such a move has been discussed and reflects unhappiness within the profession at pay and conditions.
Earlier this week the survey of heads of midwifery in England found that midwifery services are struggling to keep up with the rising birth rate.
Delegates at the RCM’s conference in Brighton unanimously voted to ask the group’s governing council to consider balloting the college’s 37,000 members about industrial action, short of a strike.
Midwives have been offered a staged pay award of 2.5 per cent, but with the Retail Price Index inflation running at 4.5 per cent the RCM argues that the offer is in real terms a pay cut.
Midwives consider industrial action