BMA Junior Doctors deliver magnificent vote to strike over unsocial hours

19 November 2015

Junior doctors in the BMA have delivered a magnificent vote – 98 percent for strikes and 99.4 percent for industrial action short of a strike on a 76 percent turnout. Junior doctors are first in line for the Tory attack on unsocial hours payments, and its an attack facing all health workers if the Tories get there way. The junior doctors have highlighted that this is not just about pay, although it will mean up to a 30 percent pay cut for many, but that it is about the future of the NHS and patient safety. Their slogan #NotSafeNotFair sums this up.

After up to 30,000 junior doctors marched on 17 October in London, and thousands have taken to the streets in Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Burmingham, Newcastle, the BMA was compelled to announce dates before the ballot even finished, which in turn is a good way to keep the Tories on the back foot and show them that junior doctors are serious about this fight.

They are leading the fightback not only to save the NHS, but also as a group of NHS workers taking national strike action in the wake of the Tory Trade Union Bill, they are showing how to defend our unions and defeat the bill.

They are set to strike from 8am on Tuesday 1 December to 8am Wednesday 2 December with the equivilent of Christmas Day emergency cover, then from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday 8 December and 8am to 5pm on Wednesday 16 December both with every junior doctor set to be on strike.

That’s why they need our urgent solidarity:

1) We support the junior doctors ‘solidarity selfie’ poster:

Junior Doctors Solidarity Selfie Tweet to #JuniorDoctors #JuniorContract #NotSafeNotFair and @TheBma

2) Petitions (one for NHS workers, one for everyone else) to generate support for the junior doctors in your workplace:

Support-Junior-Docs-Petition-for-GENERAL-Workplaces

Support-Junior-Docs-Petition-for-NHS-Workers

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