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Members say Yes to strike action to defend pensions

14 November 2011 - 5:13pm

NHS members have made their voices heard over plans to reduce their pensions in the result of their ballot, announced today.

Visit the pensions section for the latest on the planned day of action, November 30

Overall, there was a combined 66 per cent turnout for the two ballots – one in England and Wales, the other in Scotland.

The ballot covered CSP members working in the NHS and associated social enterprise companies. When combined, the results from the two ballots show that 86 per cent of those voting were in favour of industrial action.

The results showed:

England and Wales

  • Yes – 11,123 (86 % of the valid votes)
  • No – 1,808  (14 % of the valid votes)
  • Spoilt  – 19  papers
  • Total number of ballot papers counted: 12,931


  • Yes – 1,618 (89.1% of valid votes)
  • No – 198 (10.9% of valid votes)
  • Spoilt – 1 paper
  • Total number of ballot papers counted: 1,816

File 102657‘This result demonstrates how strongly CSP members feel about this issue,’ said Alex MacKenzie (right), chair of the society’s Industrial Relations Committee (IRC).

‘It is a real boost to our attempts to persuade the government to change its proposals for the NHS pension scheme.’

The IRC met this afternoon after receiving the result from the independent balloting organisation Electoral Reform Services. It decided to authorise strike action for Wednesday 30 November.

The CSP immediately told all 276 employer organisations the ballot results. It will also notify employers confirmation of the strike action seven days in advance of it.

All CSP members will be sent an email today by Ms MacKenzie thanking members who took part and giving full details of the ballot result and explaining what will happen next.

Members in Northern Ireland and those in three trusts in England, who were not balloted, will also get an email from the society.

Members of both the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and the Society of Radiographers also voted to take strike action in ballot results out today.

CSP stewards will be working together with representatives of other unions at local level to prepare for the day of action.


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