Unions issue strike warning in NHS pay row

Press Association, October 24, 2006 Unions representing around 750,000 NHS workers refused to rule out strike action today in the row over pay. Fourteen trade unions and staff associations joined forces to condemn the Government's proposal for a below-inflation 1.5% rise for staff. The unions will submit their evidence today to the independent Nurses and Other Health Professions Review Body (NOHPRB) calling for a higher rise to reflect staff commitments and hard work across the NHS. Unions including the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), and Unison said strike action would not be ruled out such as if the situation arose where the Government chose to ignore the recommendations of the independent pay review bodies. ... Unions