The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy will, next Monday (13 January), begin balloting its members in health and social care in Northern Ireland on industrial action in relation to pay.
Members of the Royal College of Nursing, UNITE, NIPSA and UNISON in Northern Ireland are already taking industrial action, with strike action planned for this week, and the Royal College of Midwives have started to ballot their members. The British Dietetic Association and the Society of Radiographers will also start balloting their members next week.
The action by healthcare workers in Northern Ireland follows a failure to agree on pay and the implementation of the agenda for change refresh.
Since 2015 staff in NI have been on lower pay than those in the rest of the UK and unions in Northern Ireland have been asking for this to be resolved since then. Workers in Northern Ireland deserve to be paid the same as their counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales.
This is the first time that CSP members in Northern Ireland have been balloted for industrial action, which is always a last resort. CSP members are committed to delivering high quality services to all those needing physiotherapy and are passionate about doing so, but it is unacceptable for staff to be paid less than in the rest of the UK.
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