UPDATED: GMB to join Northern Ireland health strike

UPDATED on January 14: GMB members working in Northern Ireland are to join the mass strike of health workers.

GMB organiser Jim Donley tweeted: “I have just served notice on the Health Service employers that GMB members will be on strike on the 24 January and action short of strike will Commence on the 25 January hope the politicians can now deliver on their promises.”

GMB members are set to join a mass strike of health workers taking place across Northern Ireland.

In a ballot for industrial action, more than 92% voted for strike action and action short of strike action.

GMB Northern Ireland NHS branch secretary and reps re meeting today to discuss strategy for industrial action across Health and Social Care Services. Thousands of healthcare workers across Northern Ireland on Friday took action over pay and staffing levels.

GMB organiser Jim Donley said: “Members are angry at how they have been treated by the Department of Health and HSC employers. Unsafe staffing levels are having a detrimental impact on patient care and health care staff, and it’s getting worse.

“It’s about time the department of Health and HSC employers fully recognise the strength of feeling on these issues. In the event our assembly is finally restored, our MLAs and the Secretary of State must hold good on the promises they have made to striking workers.

“We do not want sympathetic words we want pay parity and staff shortages addressed immediately.”

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