Health workers vote for strike

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Thousands of NHS staff could walk out on strike in Sheffield as early as next month after union members voted in favour of industrial action.

Members of the Unison trade union - ranging from nurses and occupational therapists to porters, paramedics, secretaries and cooks - were balloted amid a dispute over the Government’s decision not to offer NHS workers a one per cent across-the-board pay rise.

Nationally, almost 70 per cent of members voted in favour of a strike, while nearly 90 per cent said they were prepared for action short of a strike.

Across the country, 10 unions are balloting in the NHS over pay, with results still to come from unions including the GMB, Unite and the Royal College of Midwives.

John Campbell, Unison’s deputy regional convener, said: “The ballot outcome has sent a resounding message to the Government that health service workers are willing stand up for a decent living wage. The Sheffield community can be assured we will work with the hospital trust to minimise disruption to patient services.”

The union has more than 6,000 members at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.