Thousands of NHS workers in South Yorkshire are to be balloted over strikes in a row about pay.
Members of Unison, the Royal College of Midwives, Unite and GMB are being asked to back walkouts following the Government’s decision not to offer all health service staff a one per cent wage rise.
The vote could take place as early as next month and, if approved, industrial action is likely to start in October.
Ministers decided that NHS staff would get a one per cent pay increase, but this would not apply to those who get automatic ‘progression-in-the-job’ rises, designed to reward professional development.
These cover about half of staff and are worth three per cent a year on average.
The decision went against the recommendation of the independent NHS pay review body, which had called for an across-the-board rise.
Cathy Warwick, from the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Hardworking midwives are deeply concerned that the independent pay review body is being ignored and the NHS pay structure threatened.”
Christina McAnea, Unison’s head of health, said it was ‘not too late’ to settle the dispute.